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Mary leaves a lasting impression in "Her First Biscuits"
PamelaShort23 July 2013
Warning: Spoilers
Mary Pickford's brief appearance in this fast paced comedy, is significant for several important aspects. Most notable is her strong photogenic quality, she literally lights up the screen. Your eyes are pulled to her amongst the crowd of other actors, thus proving the dramatic power of the motion picture camera. Quite a feat for the young theatre actress. Also, the naturalness of her acting is already quite evident, for it is with the smallest of gestures she displays, that draws your attention to her. In that brief scene, it is easy to see how she was able to leave a lasting impression on the audience. It is also with these qualities that sets her apart. She would continue to practise this unique acting method, with growing confidence. Viewing this one short segment is essential and worth while to the understanding of both the development of Mary Pickford, and silent films. The first Biograph girl Florence Lawrence also should be noted for her charming performance of the young bride who bakes her first biscuits for her husband, which prove to be quite inedible with very comical results.
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Mary's first film
adt12520 August 2008
This is noted and notable as Mary Pickford's first film appearance.

I don't know where people are seeing this film, I haven't been able to find it to watch.

Appearing in the flickers was demeaning but a way to make extra cash and in those days getting your hands on extra cash was essential to living. Mary with a little sister, brother and mother was a major income earner for the family in acting on the stage. Mary was just starting to 'make it' as a stage actress and would have certainly gone on to some reasonable success there, Belasco liked her work. But it was often seasonable and unreliable.

The early movies were uncredited and actors didn't use their real names in any case to avoid the 'shame' of appearing on film.

So Mary's appearance and early tenure at Biograph whilst as a young girl she was certainly no push-over for Griffith's or the others. Mary had already lived a rough and tough and exhausting stage career from a little girl. This Mary had a hard and feisty edge to herself (probably from her hard headed and smart mother). Incidentally it was this strength of character in such a cute little package that attracted Griffith to her.
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Florence Lawrence Makes Biscuits for Biograph
wes-connors5 November 2007
Florence Lawrence makes "Her First Biscuits" for husband John R. Cumpson. But Ms. Lawrence's biscuits aren't as charming as she; when Lawrence leaves the room, Mr. Cumpson tosses the biscuits out the window, pretending they were delicious, and leaves for work. Proud of her successful baking endeavor, Lawrence packs up her remaining biscuits, to bring to Cumpson's workplace, a "Theatrical Booking Office".

"Biograph Girl" Lawrence shines. There is mild fun in watching a slew of 1909 D.W. Griffith players acting "theatrical" after partaking of Lawrence's distasteful biscuits! Not surprisingly, Mack Sennett is a stand-out among the bunch - however, for the most part, the promising comedy bits/situations are far too underdeveloped to make this film a comic classic.

*** Her First Biscuits (6/17/09) D.W. Griffith ~ Florence Lawrence, John R. Cumpson, Mack Sennett
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Gets Decent Mileage Out Of A Simple Idea
Snow Leopard8 August 2002
This is a fairly good short comedy that gets decent mileage out of one basic idea. It features Mary Pickford in a simple but mostly amusing story based on a young wife's inedible cooking. It sets things up fairly believably, and then most of the slapstick that follows works all right. It does probably draw things out a bit longer than the premise warrants, but it's all watchable, and should be worth a look if you like these very old slapstick comedies.
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2 by Griffith
Michael_Elliott29 February 2008
Her First Biscuits (1909)

**** (out of 4)

Hilarious black comedy/slapstick from Griffith. A new wife makes her first batch of biscuits for her husband. While they make him gag, he lies and says they're very good. The wife then sends a bag to his work for his co-workers and soon everyone's rushing towards the bathroom. I guess Griffith could do comedy when he wanted. I found myself with tears in my eyes due to all the laughing. The facial expressions of some of the victims were just downright hilarious and the ending was great as well. Mary Pickford has a small role.

Way of Man, The (1909)

** (out of 4)

After being disfigred in an accident, a woman refuses to marry her lover and instead tries to fix him up with her best friend. I'm not sure what Griffith was going for here but it doesn't work. There's some nice cinematography and an early but small role by Mary Pickford.
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