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The Hope Chest
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Directed byElmer Clifton
Written byM.M. Stearns (scenario)
Based onThe Hope Chest
by Mark Lee Luther
StarringDorothy Gish
George Fawcett
Richard Barthelmess
Sam De Grasse
CinematographyLee Garmes
John W. Leezer
New Art Film Company
Distributed byParamount Pictures / Artcraft
Release date
  • December 29, 1919 (1919-12-29)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Hope Chest is an American silent comedy drama film released in 1918, starring Dorothy Gish. The film was directed by Elmer Clifton and based on a serialized story (and later novel) by Mark Lee Luther, originally published in Woman's Home Companion. It is not known whether the film currently survives.[1]


Sheila Moore (Gish) takes a job at a candy store to support her father, an out-of-work vaudevillian. She attracts the romantic attentions of the store owner's son Tom (Barthalmess) and marries him, incurring the wrath of Tom's parents.



The Hope Chest was shot in Los Angeles, with production wrapping in late-September, 1918.[2]


The first screenings of The Hope Chest in New Zealand appear to have been in Wellington, where it played simultaneously in two theaters in August, 1919.[3] The film played at the Strand Theatre in Christchurch in early September, 1919.[4]


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Hope Chest at
  2. ^ News of the Movies The Star. Issue 12483. 23 November 1918. p 3. Retrieved 15 January 2016
  3. ^ Pictures and Music!. The Evening Post. Volume XCVIII. Issue 33. 8 August 1919. p 2. Retrieved 16 January 2016
  4. ^ Amusements, Etc. The Star. Issue 12738. 6 September 1919. p 1. Retrieved 15 January 2016

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