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Mary Pickford in THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL


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Wow, the silent movies that aired on TCM last night were so entertaining.

I was especially captivated by THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL.

Mary Pickford was around 25 when she made this movie, but she was totally convincing as an 11-year-old. (It probably helped that we couldn't hear her voice.)  

 

I noticed that THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL had a rating of TVPG while IT (with Clara Bow) was rated TVG.

 

One question: Were the servants who gave "the poor little rich girl" the  sleeping medicine brought to justice? 

 

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Some years back TCM aired another Mary Pickford, Daddy-Long-Legs from 1919. I'd never seen any Mary Pickford titles before and, as a fan of silents, I felt duty-bound to at least sample it. I was dreading it, preparing to get choked with saccharine! 

 

I was wonderfully, delightfully, wrong. I got completely entranced by Miss Pickford. I've since seen most of her available features and have read several biographies of her.

 

What a wonderful actress! "America's Sweetheart" remains one of my all-time favorites.

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Some years back TCM aired another Mary Pickford, Daddy-Long-Legs from 1919. I'd never seen any Mary Pickford titles before and, as a fan of silents, I felt duty-bound to at least sample it. I was dreading it, preparing to get choked with saccharine! 

 

I was wonderfully, delightfully, wrong. I got completely entranced by Miss Pickford. I've since seen most of her available features and have read several biographies of her.

 

What a wonderful actress! "America's Sweetheart" remains one of my all-time favorites.

 

I had the same expectations about THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL and was so pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the movie was. 

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This was a totally enchanting movie.  When I checked on it, and found that the producers thought is was terrible (until it kicked butt at the box office) all I could think was;  nothing has changed!  I totally bought her as a child...but more than that, she just exuded energy and spirit that can't be faked.  In some ways, silents distilled acting talent down to its very basics.  For instance, someone with a great voice (Ronald Coleman, comes to mind) could rely on that skill to pull off a performance, while, in a silent, he could not....

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I saw the Pickford Poor Little Rich Girl a couple of years ago and found it actually a little depressing.  Unlike the later Temple version, the main character is really a neglected and one might even say, emotionally abused little girl!  To think the child has to practically die before anyone pays attention to her

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Mary was only 5 feet tall, and they used very tall adult actors in these films, thus making her look like a little kid.

That what I thought when watching the movie.  Glad to have it confirmed.  Early NBA and WNBA type adult actors/actresses and maybe platforms used too.  Pickford probably felt like a munchkin in making this and similar movies.  Good movie.

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That what I thought when watching the movie.  Glad to have it confirmed.  Early NBA and WNBA type adult actors/actresses and maybe platforms used too.  Pickford probably felt like a munchkin in making this and similar movies.  Good movie.

 

Here she is around more normal-sized people.

 

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