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An Arcadian Maid (1910)

 |  Drama, Short  |  1 August 1910 (USA)
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A young girl looking for work, is hired by a farmer's wife to work as a maid. A smooth talking peddler comes by the farm, and flirts with the young maid. He gives the naive girl an ... See full summary »

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Priscilla
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The Peddlar
George Nichols ...
The Man of the House
Kate Bruce ...
The Lady of the House
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William J. Butler ...
Second Man
Charles Craig ...
In Gambling Hall
Edward Dillon ...
In Gambling Hall
John T. Dillon ...
In Gambling Hall (as Jack Dillon)
Frank Evans ...
First Man
Francis J. Grandon ...
On Train
Joseph Graybill ...
In Gambling Hall
Henry Lehrman ...
In Gambling Hall / On Train
W. Chrystie Miller ...
On Train
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
On Train
Alfred Paget ...
On Train
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A young girl looking for work, is hired by a farmer's wife to work as a maid. A smooth talking peddler comes by the farm, and flirts with the young maid. He gives the naive girl an engagement ring and promises to marry her. When the peddler runs up some gambling debts, he visits the maid again and tells her they cannot marry until he has enough money to pay off his debt. While the farmer and his wife are asleep, the maid foolishly steals their money. The peddler takes the money and leaves on a train to get out of town. Overcome with guilt, the young maid runs away from the farm. Meanwhile the peddler gets into a fight and is thrown off the train. The maid stumbles upon him by the railroad tracks. She finds the money on the peddler and returns it to the farm couple before they even knew it was missing. Written by Pamela Short

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Little Mary Is a Frump
22 December 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This D.W. Griffith feature -- for 1910, this 13-minute movie ranks as a feature -- manages to combine most of what Griffith had learned of film-making by the point, except for his handling of crowd scenes. Mary Pickford and company are excellent in this melodrama with comic overtones, from the ironic title -- there is nothing blithe about Mary's life as she suffers a life of hard work on a farm -- to the occasional gawkiness she displays when she is seduced by a hard-living traveling salesman. Finally, when she recognizes the situation, she finds unsatisfactory solace in religion.

The performances are a little slow to the modern eye, but fulsome. The camera work is wonderful, as you might expect from Billy Bitzer in this period. While this is not a key work, it is well worth the time of anyone interested in silent movies.


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