Charity Castle

Charity Castle is a 1917 American silent comedy-drama film directed by Lloyd Ingraham starring Mary Miles Minter. The film is believed to be lost.

Charity Castle
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Directed byLloyd Ingraham
Written byDoty Hobart
StarringMary Miles Minter
Distributed byMutual Film
Release date
  • September 3, 1917 (1917-09-03)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[1] Merlin's (Forrest) father Simon Durand (Barrows) sends the son away from home because of his extravagance. The only condition upon which he can return is by presenting his first week's salary. The father then leaves to obtain a "water cure," and the servants go on vacation, leaving the mansion empty. After the death of the woman who takes care of his bachelor apartment, Merlin adopts her two children, Charity (Minter) and her younger brother known as the Prince (Callis). When numerous bill collectors come to the apartment for money Merlin owes them, Charity, who is a strong believer in fairy tales, decides to go the Merlin's father and see if he will relent and take his son back. When she and the Prince arrive at the mansion, they find it deserted and immediately take up their abode in the desolate building, which they start calling a castle, until the return of the owner. As their guests they invite Bill (Ahearn) the burglar, Sam (Russell) the bum, and Lucius Garrett (Aitken), an unemployed Shakespearean actor. When the elder Durand returns, he is furious and at first attempts to drive the intruders away, but then relents after Charity and the Prince win his heart and he gives the men employment on his estate. Merlin in the meantime has secured a position, and has endeavored to find the children but is unsuccessful. When he gets his first check, he goes to see his father, and the children are happy when son and father reconciled.



  1. "Reviews: Charity Castle". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (12): 26. September 15, 1917.
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