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The Man of the House
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The Lady of the House
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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
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On Train
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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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Mary Pickford Is a Maid to Order
6 October 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Down on her luck, dowdy Mary Pickford uses her strong arms to get a job as matronly Kate Bruce's farmhouse maid. While scrub-boarding the laundry, Ms. Pickford encounters Mack Sennett, a randy moustache-twirling peddler. Pickford accepts both his flattery and engagement ring, then surrenders a kiss. She is smitten. But, Mr. Sennett has trickery up his sleeve.

Suffering from gambling debts, Sennett tricks Pickford into stealing a dowry from Ms. Bruce and husband George Nichols, then promises to elope. Naturally, Sennett leaves Mary broken-hearted - and in potential hot water with her employers.

Notably directed by D.W. Griffith, "An Arcadian Maid" moves along at a nice clip, and features two big name movie-makers of the future - "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford and "King of Comedy" Mack Sennett

  • in the primary roles. As always, the locations chosen by Mr. Griffith


and his extraordinary cinematographer G.W. Bitzer are lovely; for this one, the "Biograph" players are in New Jersey. Watch for a nice "special effect" as Sennett gets himself thrown from his train, near the end.

***** An Arcadian Maid (8/1/10) D.W. Griffith ~ Mary Pickford, Mack Sennett, Kate Bruce, George Nichols


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