~The Little School Ma'am~
1916
~Dorothy Gish~
~Plot Synopsis~
The Little School Ma'am is Nan, portrayed by Dorothy Gish. A Southern gal, Nan heads westward to take
charge of a classroom in a puritanical frontier village. Though dedicated to her job, she yearns for the
companionship of a male over the age of 12. Virginia-born playwright Wilbur Howard (Elmer Clifton)
newly arrived in town for a vacation, falls hard for winsome Nan. Their chastely conducted romance
stirs up a great deal of gossip, leading to a devastating scandal. In the end, it is Nan's loyal schoolkids
who clear up matters so that Nan and Wilbur can be married. Stills exist from The Little School Ma'am
showing Dorothy Gish in a pirate costume, suggesting that a masquerade party was somehow woven into
the storyline.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Directed by:
Chester M. Franklin
Sidney Franklin

Based on the story by Bernard McConville and Frank E. Woods.
~Cast~

Dorothy Gish ...  Nan
Elmer Clifton ...  Wilbur Howard
Jack Brammall ...  Jim Tolliver
Howard Gaye ...  Old Man Tyler
Josephine Crowell ...  Widow Larkin
Luray Huntley ...  Sally
Millard Webb ...  Jebb
Hal Wilson ...  Washington
Georgie Stone ...  Billy
Francis Carpenter ...  Undetermined role (uncredited)
'Baby' Carmen De Rue ...  Undetermined role (uncredited)
Violet Radcliffe ...  Undetermined role (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Fine Arts Film Company

Distribution Company: Triangle Distributing

Cinematography by: Frank B. Good
Assistant Director: Millard Webb

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: July 16, 1916