Please Help Emily

Please Help Emily is 1917 American silent comedy-drama film starring Ann Murdock and directed by Dell Henderson. It is based on the 1916 Broadway play Please Help Emily that starred Ann Murdock. Charles Frohman's company, of whom Murdock was employed on the stage, produced the film and released it through Mutual Film. It is now a lost film.[1][2][3]

Please Help Emily
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Directed byDell Henderson
Produced byEmpire All Star Corp. (Charles Frohman)
Written byJoseph F. Poland (scenario)
Based onPlease Help Emily
by H. H. Harwood
StarringAnn Murdock
CinematographyWilliam Crolly
Empire All Star Corp.
Distributed byMutual Film
Release date
  • November 19, 1917 (1917-11-19)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] Professor Delmar (Druce) is sent to China to study child-life and decides to leave his daughter Emily (Murdock), who is always getting into trouble, with his good friends the Lethbridges. One night Emily runs away from a musicale and attends a cabaret. Not knowing how to explain matters and feeling sure that Trotters (McDougall), a friend, can help her out, she goes to his apartment. Waiting for him to return from the club, she takes a nap. Mrs. Lethbridge (Veness), not wishing her husband to know of Emily's escapade, tells him that Emily is staying with her aunt, who has the mumps. Trotter is told of the story and, wishing to make it good, plans to take Emily to her aunt's house. They stop at a hotel for lunch. Emily has her dog hidden and tells Trotter that it is lost and that she will not leave the hotel until it is found. Julia (Carlyle), the fiancée of Trotter, decides to visit the sick aunt. She is accompanied by Herbert Threadgold (Gottschalk) a nervous little body who is in love with Emily. Their automobile breaks down and they are forced to stay at the same hotel that Emily and Trotter are staying. Aunt Geraldine follows and they are all arrested for kidnapping Emily, but through the efforts of Lethbridge (Brown) they are all released. Julia marries Threadgold and, to avoid a scandal, Emily marries Trotter, not that either objects.


  • Ann Murdock - Emily Delmar
  • Hubert Druce - Professor Delmar
  • Amy Veness - Mrs. Lethbridge
  • Grace Carlyle - Julia Marchmont (credited as Grace Carlisle)
  • Katherine Stewart - Mrs. Moxon
  • Rex McDougall - Richard Trotter
  • Ferdinand Gottschalk - Herbert Threadgold
  • John Harwood - Francis
  • Jules Raucort - Rene Dufour
  • Halbert Brown - Honorable Samuel Lethbridge


  1. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  2. League, The Broadway. "Please Help Emily – Broadway Play – Original | IBDB". Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  3. "Please Help Emily". Henderson, Dell -- director, Murdock, Ann -- actor. 1917. Retrieved 2017-10-20.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. "Reviews: Please Help Emily". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (12): 25–26. November 24, 1917.
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