Mary Pickford’s dark, rotting slice of Southern gothic is one of her finest films. It is also the last time she would play a child, one of her filmmaking signatures, and so it marks the end of an era but what a way to go.
The seamy atmosphere and strong performances elevate this picture and Pickford’s heroine, who is determined to save a kidnapped child from a violent gang, is one of her bravest and boldest. Definitely a must-see.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.Mary saves the day and ends up being adopted (along with her brood) by the child’s father.
Read my full-length review here.
If it were a dessert it would be: Chocolate Buttermilk Pudding. You won’t mind sinking into this.
Availability: Released as part of the Rags and Riches set but, alas, out of print. Here’s hoping for a new release!
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This was my first introduction to Little Mary, at a film showing with legendary silent film accompanist Lee Erwin on ‘the Mighty Wurlitzer.’ What a great start to years of Pickford fandom!
The first silent movie I ever bought. I got a Kartes Film (can’t remember it’s full company title) print on VHS for $29.00. An astronomical amount for me at the time. Great flick!
Worth every penny!
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