Gladys Hullette, the Thanhouser company's answer to Mary Pickford, played the title-role in this sentimental melodrama concerning a small-town girl opening a candy store on New York's Great White Way. Although attracted to a handsome musician (Thomas Curran), whom she inspires to success as a composer of ragtime music, Nell, the candy girl, instead marries idle society scion Jack Monroe (William Parke, Jr.), despite his father's opposition. After the wedding, the Monroe's father (J. H. Gilmour) regales Nell with stories of his son's long-time and apparently incurable dependency to drugs. Flatly refusing a proposed annulment, the brave Nell instead rushes to her new husband's bedside, declaiming: "We'll return to my little country home and there we'll wage this fight together." Filming The Candy Girl in the streets of Manhattan, director W. Eugene Moore, Jr. obtained permission from both the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and New York Mayor Griffing to employ 20 real-life street urchins as extras.
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