This twee early Colleen Moore picture is about an orphan who faws in wuv and tonstant weader fwowed up.
The film is a late release from Selig and a chance to brand Colleen Moore as “the Riley Girl” as the film was based on the writings of James Whitcomb Riley. As you can probably tell, I am not the audience for this film. If you like things sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet, or are a Colleen Moore completist, you will probably enjoy it. Me? I practically needed a shot of insulin.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
The wittle orphant’s bae goes a-fighting and either dies tewwibwy or not and something, something, heaven, the angels were lonely, took you because they were lonely, now I’m lonely too, sonny boy. Goo goo, ga ga. Can you tell I wasn’t into it at all?
Read my full-length review here. (Note: This is the review that was the target of a bonkers and slightly scary 3,000 word, 12-part rant in which I was instructed on how I should watch a silent movie. I have also had people suggest that I should think about revising my review, something that has NEVER been asked of any other movie I have covered. Quite a hill to die on, I must say. Change my review? I’m sorry, I’m afraid I can’t do that and even if I were so inclined, I certainly will never do it now. Yes, I am aware of the restoration. Yes, I think it’s great. No, I still don’t really care for this kind of movie. Are we done? Can I leave?)
If it were a dessert it would be: Sensuous Chocolate Truffles. Doesn’t sound bad? It’s canned frosting with extra powdered sugar added and then plopped on a plate. Hope you’ve saved up for those fillings!
Availability: There is a restored version but the edition easiest to obtain is the old Grapevine one.
P.S. A little more by way of explanation. I hate baby-talk. I hated it when I was a tiny child. If I accidentally baby-talked and adults proclaimed it cute, I immediately corrected myself and made sure to never to say it again. I was a very serious little tot and resented any attempts to cutesy me up. (Which, ironically, was probably pretty cute but I didn’t realize that at the time.) So, yeah, this film stuck in my craw. I’m really, truly happy for you if you enjoy it but please give me space on this.
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