Belle Bennett, who later achieved big-time stardom in the title role of Stella Dallas, is the leading lady in Ince's Ashes of Hope. Set in the Great White North, the film stars Bennett as the object of affections for several rugged northerners, including a couple of disreputable gamblers. Well lensed on location, Ashes of Hope truly comes to live in the closing reels. We'll bet that audiences watching this film on its first release in 1917 had feelings of deja vu. That's because Ashes of Hope is a virtual remake of the like-vintage Flame of the Yukon, also produced by Thomas Ince.
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