Richard Dix stars as a male model who wins a luxury car in a raffle. That’s good! But the car is cursed and will bring nothing but trouble when either police or women are around. That’s bad! Can Dix overcome the car’s “hoodoo” and win the heart of his lady love? An amiable car race comedy from back when that genre was a thing.
Mary Pickford and Cecil B. DeMille combined forces for the first time in this romantic melodrama and the results are mixed. Elliott Dexter is a bandit. Mary Pickford is a little lady. Can they find love? Well, you know they can but what comes first is a rather dark and brutish wooing with a dollop of sleaze. Dexter plays the
Good Bad Bad Man a little too well but the film is not without its pluses and the cinematography is lovely.
If it were a dessert it would be:
A Dirty Girl Scout. What else could it be?
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The major running gag in Cecil B. DeMille’s A Romance of the Redwoods is Mary Pickford’s character arming herself with a wee pistol, which she brandishes if threatened. This part of the film cracks me up because she is holding the thing like its a dead rat.
The movie was a punishment detail for both DeMille and Pickford. He was in hot water for the disappointing box office receipts of Joan the Woman. Pickford had meddled with the script and direction of The Poor Little Rich Girl. Of course, that film proved to be a smash hit, putting Mary back in the drivers seat and DeMille was soon back on top with the outrageous Male and Female.
It’s from A Romance of the Redwoods. The little fellow is Raymond Hatton and that is Mary Pickford on the far right. It’s all about stagecoach bandits and such. Mary is in a pickle because she happens to be kinda-dating the bandit in question.
Elliott Dexter’s character in A Romance of the Redwoods is not a good man or a good bad man. He is a bad bad man. You know the type. Burns people with his cigar, tries to chop off their finger, the whole enchilada.
That being said, this is exactly my reaction if anyone tries to take my buttered popcorn Jelly Bellies.
Elliott Dexter plays a bad, bad man in A Romance of the Redwoods. He has received a personal letter and this lady is trying to find out what it says. She will not take no for an answer.
That will teach her to respect the sanctity of the U.S. Post Office!
Mary Pickford is a naive city girl who journeys out to the redwoods to live with her uncle. What she doesn’t know is that her uncle is dead and a bandit (Elliott Dexter) has borrowed his identity as cover for his stagecoach robberies. The pair form an uneasy alliance. Mary has nowhere else to go and Elliott doesn’t dare let her leave since she can blow his cover. That romance in the title? Well, with a city girl and a bandit sharing digs, what do you think will happen?
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A big part of Mary Pickford’s appeal was her way of taking realistic little moments from everyday life and turn them into amusing touches for her films. In this case, it’s the loose lock of hair that gets in the way just when you get your hands wet.
This is from A Romance of the Redwoods.