Fun Size Review: The Girl with the Hat Box (1927)

Director Boris Barnet could and did make heaver fare but few of his pictures are as charming as this one. Plus, we get to see the much-maligned Anna Sten showing us what she could really do when people weren’t trying to turn her into Marlene Garbo 2.0.

It’s a thoroughly Russian romantic comedy about bureaucracy, a housing shortage, a lottery ticket and a poor student in need of an apartment. If this makes the film sound heavy, I assure you it isn’t and Sten’s darling performance is a big part of its success. In fact, I doubt there is a cuter non-Lubitsch romantic comedy in all of silent film.


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

Anna gets her lottery winnings and her man. Who would have doubted it?

If it were a dessert it would be: Lemon curd and blueberry mini tarts. A little bit of everything in a tiny, cute package.

Read my full-length review here.

Availability: Released on DVD with another Boris Barnet feature, Outskirts.


  1. Birgit

    poor Anna Sten is so much maligned which is more Hollywood’s fault than hers…poor thing. This film sounds like a fun movie to watch…and sweet

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