Fun Size Review: M’Liss (1918)

A truly weird film in Mary Pickford’s canon, this is the story of a hillbilly tween, her drunk daddy and Thomas Meighan, the handsome new schoolteacher in town. Tonally all over the place, this film is downright squicky in spots. (Lynchings played for laughs, the implied romance between Meighan and Pickford’s characters.) Some cute moments but not Mary’s best.


How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Pickford’s father is murdered, Meighan is framed but she manages to break him out of the jail. With the real culprits nabbed, romance (ew) can bloom.

If it were a dessert it would be: Sweet N’ Low Sugar Cookies. Seems normal on the surface but with all manner of unholy concoctions underneath.

Read my full-length review here.

Availability: Released on DVD.


  1. Antony Gould

    I liked Mary’s character in this film despite the dodgy aspects of the storyline. I wish they would bring out her films on Blu-ray instead of having them locked away. She needs to be seen by everyone, like Chaplin and Keaton are.


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