Blond Helen Foster, who was 22 at the time, played the title role in this moralistic silent drama about teenaged Cynthia Perry, who despite warnings from older sister Patricia (Gertrude Olmstead) falls madly in love with handsome scoundrel Howard de Hart (Gladden James). To save her sister, the demure Patricia risks her own reputation in the bounder's apartment but is saved in the nick of time from a fate worse than death by her sweetheart (Reginald Sheffield). A 1929 WAMPAS Baby Star, Helen Foster later starred in both silent and sound versions of the exploitation melodrama The Road to Ruin. She later became an extra. Co-star Gertrude Olmstead became the second wife of director Robert Z. Leonard and retired. Grandly released as an "Imperial Photoplay," Sweet Sixteen bore all the trademarks of bargain-basement company Trem Carr Productions.
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