Hurrah for Mary Pickford! Queen of the Movies for 100 Years!

Well, the last round of voting in the 1918 movie star tournament has concluded and we have a winner! In fact, we have the same winner that the good people of 1918 crowned: Mary Pickford.

Yes, Mary Pickford has been voted top movie star in 1918 and 2018. She beat out Douglas Fairbanks by a healthy 63% to his 37%.

Mary Pickford’s reputation has been on the rise lately with more and more modern folks coming to appreciate her status as a pioneering producer, studio exec, writer and star. (Not that she was ever entirely forgotten by her fans.)

If you’d like to see the star in action, here is a collection of clips courtesy of the Mary Pickford Foundation. And don’t forget that Fanchon the Cricket and Little Annie Rooney are being released by Flicker Alley soon!

Well, I had a lot of fun with this. Thank you so much for voting and commenting and we will definitely be doing this next year. (With a Canadian twist! How do you like my teasing clickbait?)


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10 Replies to “Hurrah for Mary Pickford! Queen of the Movies for 100 Years!”

  1. I got my copy of Little Annie Rooney a few days ago and those who haven’t got it yet are going to be blown away. Also, the booklet is very good, I have to pick Fanchon. Hopefully it means more Mary Pickford films are coming to home video

  2. Love them both, but Mary’s range/impact on film does seem to me a bit more expansive than Doug’s. What film is that clip from, with all the ticker tape?

  3. It’s interesting to hear that Pickford is becoming fashionable again in US. Here the situation is still that the united artists are mentioned by all books, but none of Pickford’s films are on the lists of great classics. And none of her works are sold in the best local store that has an excellent selection of silents. But your review of The Night of the Hunter certainly raised my interest in Sparrows.

    In general, most of my favourite silent stars are women, and my taste of silents is much more feminine than that of talkies. In so many talkies, even in the good ones, actresses just have to be beautiful.

    1. It’s interesting to see what gets the most attention in various countries. I know Stella Maris and Sparrows are probably the two Pickford films that get the most critic love over here but some of her early shorts are delightful too.

      Yes, indeed, the number of women writing the movies in the silent era assured that the women acting in those movies would often have roles they could sink their teeth into. There were still vapid parts, of course, but the balance was more in the favor of the women.

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