Gloria's Romance

Gloria's Romance was a 1916 silent film serial starring Billie Burke. Serial films, also called chapter plays, were shorter films that were typically run before the main feature film, each of which was part of a longer story, and ended in a cliffhanger, thus encouraging the audience to return every week.

Gloria's Romance
Directed byWalter Edwin
Colin Campbell
Produced byGeorge Kleine
Written byRupert Hughes
StarringBillie Burke
Henry Kolker
David Powell
Music byJerome Kern
CinematographySidney Hickox
Distributed byGeorge Kleine
Release date
  • May 22, 1916 (1916-05-22) (Chapter 1)
Running time
40 reels; 20 chapters (12,000 meters, 39,370 feet)
CountryUnited States

The film was Burke's second outing as a film actress, and one of the very rare occasions in which a Broadway performer of her magnitude starred in a chapter play. In its original form, this serial comprised 20 chapters and was 40 reels long, which was several chapters longer than most of the time.

Gloria's Romance marked the debut of actor Richard Barthelmess. It was written by Rupert Hughes and his wife and produced by George Kleine. Walter Edwin and Colin Campbell served as principal directors. It is a lost film.[1][2]


  • Billie Burke as Gloria Stafford (*as Miss Billie Burke)
  • Henry Kolker as Dr. Stephen Royce
  • David Powell as Richard Freneau, a Broker
  • William Roselle as David Stafford, Gloria's Brother
  • Frank Belcher as Frank Lulry, Freneau's Partner
  • William T. Carleton as Pierpont Stafford
  • Jule Power as Lois Freeman, Judge Freeman's Daughter
  • Henry Weaver as Judge Freeman
  • Frank McGlynn, Sr. as Gideon Trask
  • Helen Hart as Nell Trask
  • Maxfield Moree as Stass Casimir
  • Maurice Steuart as
  • Rapley Holmes as Chooey McFadden
  • Adelaide Hastings as Gloria's Governess
  • Ralph Bunker
  • Richard Barthelmess - extra (*uncredited)


An adventurous young girl in Florida (Burke) gets lost in the Everglades. There she finds terror and excitement, as well as the rivalry of two men in love with her.

List of chapters

  1. Lost in the Everglades
  2. Caught by the Seminoles
  3. A Perilous Love
  4. The Social Vortex
  5. The Gathering Storm
  6. Hidden Fires
  7. The Harvest of Sin
  8. The Mesh of Mystery
  9. The Shadow of Scandal
  10. Tangled Threads
  11. The Fugitive Witness
  12. Her Fighting Spirit
  13. The Midnight Riot
  14. The Floating Trap
  15. The Murderer at Bay
  16. A Modern Pirate
  17. The Tell-Tale Envelope
  18. The Bitter Truth
  19. Her Vow Fulfilled
  20. Love's Reward

See also


  1. "Gloria's Romance".
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films: 1911-20, The American Film Institute, c. 1988
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