Mary Pickford and her real-life Prince Not-So-Charming Owen Moore co-star in a very traditional take on the famous fairy tale. Definitely has its quirky charms (evil gnomes!) but mostly fails to make itself magical enough to stand out from the crowd.
Marion Davies is a wacky Dutch maiden who dreams of romance. Of course, everything goes wrong in the zaniest way possible, that’s a given. Owen Moore is on hand as the Irish tourist who wins our heroine’s heart but Karl Dane and Louise Fazenda easily steal the show as the film’s secondary couple.
It’s true! I have published one thousand silent film posts on Movies Silently. Mary Pickford and I couldn’t be happier about the situation. Owen Moore isn’t sure but I wouldn’t put any stock in what he has to say.
In any case, thanks so much for reading and here’s to the next thousand!
(This is from Mary Pickford’s 1911 short film, The Dream, in which she teaches her wayward spouse a lesson. Well, in his dreams anyway. You can read my review of the film here.)
Availability: The Dream was released on DVD as an accompaniment to Pickford’s feature, Amarilly of the Clothesline.
Husband and wife acting duo Mary Pickford and Owen Moore share the screen in this short film about marriage, infidelity and tastes of one’s own medicine. This trifle is a rare example of Pickford’s work during her stint at IMP, a feisty independent studio that would become part of Universal a year after The Dream was made.
An abused waif, a handsome prince and a tiny glass slipper. I think pretty much everyone is familiar with this one. One of the most famous fairy tales of them all is given the Mary Pickford touch in this 1914 fantasy. Her Prince Charming is played by Owen Moore. In real life, he was anything but.
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Still in his second year of directing, D.W. Griffith delves into the American Revolution in this early Biograph adventure film. An American courier is trying to deliver an important message to General Washington. He seeks refuge with his family but is soon found out and shot. His family must try to deliver his message and save themselves from the licentious Hessians, who include… Mack Sennett?
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