Ella Cinders (film)

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Ella Cinders  (1926) 
by Alfred Edward Green
Ella Cinders is a 1926 American silent comedy film directed by Alfred Edward Green, starring Colleen Moore, produced by her husband John McCormick, and featuring Moore's recurring co-star (five films in three years), Lloyd Hughes. The film is based on the syndicated comic strip of the same name by William Conselman and Charles Plumb, which in turn was based upon the millennia-old folk tale of Cinderella.
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JOHN McCORMICK
presents
COLLEEN MOORE
in
"ELLA CINDERS"

with
LLOYD HUGHES

Adapted from the comedy strip by
William Conselman and Charles Plumb

An Alfred E. Green Production
COPYRIGHT MCMXXVI BY FIRST NATIONAL PICTURES, INC.

FIRST
NATIONAL
PICTURES



A FIRST NATIONAL PICTURE

The Cinders residence in Roseville—where the first bowl of wax bananas appeared on an American sideboard.

"ELLA!"

"ELLA!"

"ELLA!"

Ella Cinders, the step-daughter who slaves for the entire family.

. . . COLLEEN MOORE

Ella's father was the second husband Ma Cinders had talked to death.

Ma Cinders

. . . . Vera Lewis

"I'm sorry, Mam——you told me to clean the furnace."

Ma's first husband had been Alonzo Pill, author of "Follow the Swallow"——and Prissie Pill.

Prissie Pill

. . . . Emily Gerdes

Lotta Pill——Always anxious to look her best and the best is none too good.

Lotta Pill

. . . . Doris Baker

"Hurry up and fix my breakfast."

THE
UNION
ICE
COMPANY

Waite Lifter, Ella's best friend and champion.

. . . . Lloyd Hugbes

AFTER
ONE RUB
YOU'LL
NEVER KNOW
YOUR BABY

"You're shiftless, lazy—like your father was 'til the day he died. I was a fool to marry him!"

"It's a darned shame—the way they treat you."

Every second Thursday, the Pollyanna Club met at the Cinders' home—and cheated one another at cards.

Are You an Actress?
GEM FILM COMPANY
offers
Expenses to
HOLLYWOOD

AND CHANCE TO STAR
Send Your Photo to the Mayor
AND
APPEAR IN PERSON AT
THE MOVIE CONTEST BALL
Town Hall, April 1, 8 p. m.
Local Merchants Will Give Valuable Prizes
Admission $5.00

"Who could represent Roseville in Hollywood like Lotta?"

The Art of
Motion Picture Acting

As Explained By
Hollywood's Greatest Directors
and Stars

In that contest lay a way out—Ella decided it was the time to act—and to act she must get that book.

EYES


The greatest requisite to stardom is the eyes. Master the art of expressing every emotion with the eyes.
The following pages contain eye exercises.

Fig. 6FLIRTATIOUS

Fig. 3LOVE

Fig. 4CROSS-EYED

Cross Eyes---or the ability to make the eyes appear crossed have brought great fortunes to certain moving picture actors.

Those photos for the contest cost three dollars—so for three evenings Ella minded the neighbors' kids—at one dollar per mind.

When Ella got into her best clothes for the photographer, six moths laughed 'til they died.

"I'm sorry, sir——"

"You'll be sure to get my photo to the judges on time?"

The Night of the Ball. Ma Cinders and the two Pills were going. So were Ella's last fond hopes.

"They wouldn't let me go to the Ball."

"Well, Ella, I'll take you."

"I'm sorry—I—I haven't anything to wear."

"Nonsense! Wear one of their dresses!"

Later—at the ball given to pick the winner of the contest.

"Now will all the pretty girls just leave all the nice boys—and line up pretty here by the platform——"

"Oh, dear me—yes—Miss Lotta—one of the Pills—"

By morning, Ella had decided to try for a fresh start—under a new roof.

TUCKER'S
EMPLOYMENT
AGENCY

"I can place you right away—with the loveliest, sweetest woman in town——"

"I'll teach you not to run away."

"You put her up to that funny business at the Ball last night."

"Your daughter has won the Contest, Mrs. Cinders."

"Lotta—Lotta—!"

"She's not the one."

"But Prissie wasn't in the Contest."

"I have no other daughter."

"Ella—Ella!"

"Miss Cinders, I am pleased to announce that you are the winner of our Movie Contest."

"Enclosed please find the cash prize and your ticket to Hollywood."

"Now, Miss Cinders—I suggest a speech—"

"I'm sorry—but I'm so happy!"

"Do you mean to say this won the prize?"

"Beauty means nothin'. We firemen see the best-lookin' wimmin at their worst. The movies needs newer and funnier faces."

"You're a lot of cheaters—cheaters—cheaters!"

"Why, you old Eaglebeak—you tried to vamp me all over the place—so Lotta could win!"

"They're making fun of me——"

"Not everyone can make people laugh, Ella. It's a great thing—making people happy."

Outfitted by the Roseville merchants—all ready for Hollywood—Ella was willing to let bygones be hasbeens.

"I came in to say goodbye, Ma."

A crowd gathered at the station to bid Ella "bon ami". But where, oh where, was Ella?

"You've been so wonderful to me, Waite—I'll never forget you——"

"I'm sorry, sir——that I'm late——"

FELLOW CITIZENS OF ROSEVILLE, WE ARE GATHERED TOGETHER THIS DAY IN HONOR OF MISS ELLA CINDERS, WHOSE GOOD FORTUNE IT HAS BEEN TO WIN THE BEAUTY CONTEST HELD IN OUR FAIR CITY [...]

MISS CINDERS HAS KNOWN NOTHING BUT THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS IN LIFE. SHE HAS BEEN CHERISHED AS A FRAGILE FLOWER BY HER LOVED ONES AND WE HOPE THE STEM WON'T BREAK BEFORE [...]

After the State of Colorado—came the State of Amazement.
Ella never expected to have a whole car to herself.
She spent the second day dreaming of Hollywood.

ALBUQUERQUE

Hollywood—the knicker district of Los Angeles—seat of the bosom heaving industry of America.

WELCOME
. . . TO . . .
HOLLYWOOD

"I'm Ella Cinders, the beauty contest winner."

"I'll keep your secret—"

Resolved to follow the road to Fame and never count the cost, Ella taxied to the studio.

GEM
STUDIO

GEM
FILM CO.


NOW WORKING
IN EGYPT

"I'm Ella Cinders, the Roseville Contest winner."

"You poor child. That contest was run by a couple of sharpers. They've been arrested."

"Maybe you'd be better off back home——"

"I——I can't go back. The whole town would laugh at me."

For days Ella haunted studio gates—eating less than an ant at an Armenian picnic—but still game.

Property

GENERAL MANAGER
PLEASE KNOCK

"I'm Ella Cinders, the beauty contest winner. I'd like a job, please."

"They're after me, too!"

"Is that girl ready for this scene?"

"We're all set—I've told her just what to do."

"Help—please—a lion—"

"No—no—it's your baby that's burning up——"

"I'm sorry, sir—but it's a lion——"

"She's been trying to crash the gate all day."

"She's working in this picture."

"I've never worked in pictures—I just sneaked into the studio——"

"I'm Ella Cinders, the Roseville Contest winner."

"Well, you win the red apple. You can radio Roseville that you'll be in my next picture."

An Iceman's Home—

Local Ice Man Is Son of Wealth
ELLA CINDERS and GEORGE WAITE


Roseville Agog With News That Waite Lifter is College Football Hero, and Rich


Ella Cinders Romance Prospers


"Waite Lifter", who for the past three months was employed in Roseville as an iceman has been identified as George Waite, University of Illinois football hero and son of wealthy business man. Mr. Waite said, when questioned, that in order to keep in perfect physical trim for the coming football season he had hit upon the scheme of working in Roseville as an iceman, during the summer.
Waite further stated that the hard labor and long hours of an ice route carried his personal recommendation to other athletes, as an exceptional method of conditioning oneself for football.
[...]

"Dad, I'm leaving for Hollywood tomorrow."

"First you disgrace me by turning iceman and now you've fallen head over heels in love with a nobody!"

"She's read that story in the papers—and she's out to trick you and trim me. Tell her you're broke—and see how she acts."

"You're all wrong about her, Dad. Anyway, I'm going to Hollywood."

But Tragedy continued to haunt poor Ella—

"Great work, Miss Cinders—we've decided to give you a long term contract."

When the news reached Roseville——

"Well, it takes firemen to pick 'em—Ella sure is makin' Roseville more than a fly spot on any map."

OUR ELLA MAKES GOOD IN HOLLYWOOD


Ella Cinders on Her Way to Fame Puts Roseville on World's Map


FILM TO SHOW IN ROSEVILLE


We are proud, fellow citizens of Roseville! Ella Cinders, the pride of our community, the elect, the girl whom everybody remembers and loved, is to become one of the world's famous film [...]

TO NIGHTGALAEVENT!TO NIGHT
ELLA CINDERS
- - IN - -
"From Poverty To Riches"
GRANADA THEATRE
No Advance In Prices

The scenes for Ella's next picture were "shot" far from the studio—but Ella was quite "at home" in her part.

"You said that train didn't stop here!"

"Why didn't you let me know you were in want?"

Miss Ella Cinders
1314 Las Palmas Drive
Hollywood, Calif.
Arrive tomorrow. Something very important to ask you

Waite

"I'm sorry—you see, I'm dressed for a part in a picture——"

"Get a new star to do your scrubbing—we're going to get married."

And later on, a new iceman came to Hollywood.

THE END


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1927.


The author died in 1960, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.