Mary Pickford returns to child roles as the princess of the title, a sweet young heiress whose sunny disposition is threatened when she loses her family and is forced to work as a maid. ZaSu Pitts nearly walks off with the picture as Pickford’s slavey pal.
The tale of two women, both played by Mary Pickford. Stella is a beautiful invalid while Unity is an abused orphan. Both fall in love with the same man but he is trapped in an abusive marriage. One of Pickford’s darker films but still manages to have plenty of light touches, thanks to the direction of Marshall Neilan. The performances are first-rate and the picture has strong feminist undertones. Highly recommended.
(You can read my full-length review here.)
[toggler title=”How does it end? (click here for a spoiler)” ]Out of love and loyalty, Unity murders the abusive wife and then commits suicide, leaving Stella to pursue happiness.[/toggler]
If it were a dessert it would be:
Molten Bittersweet Chocolate Cake. Dark, bitter and sweet. An unforgettable experience.
Mary Pickford tackles two roles in this Dickensian soaper. She is Stella Maris: beautiful, rich, innocent and paralyzed. She is also Unity Blake: plain, penniless, ignored and abused. Both girls love the same man but he is trapped in an abusive marriage. Will true love win? And whose true love?
Here it is! My view of what Despicable Me may have looked like if it had been made in 1922.
She is Mary Pickford, spunky orphan who is being sent to college by a mysterious benefactor. He is the mysterious philanthropist who reads Mary’s letters but never writes back. But just who is Daddy Long Legs? And why is he so interested in Mary’s romances?
Mary Pickford plays an orphan who is awarded a scholarship to college by a mysterious benefactor, whom she nicknames her Daddy Long Legs. Mary grows, learns and graduates and all the time, she sends letters to Daddy Long Legs detailing her progress, fears and dreams. Now just who could her Daddy be?