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An elderly woman looks back on the special times in her life, thinking especially about her now-departed husband and the things they did together. Though it is sad that these times are now ... See full summary »

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Polly Biblett
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Edward Jackson
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An elderly woman looks back on the special times in her life, thinking especially about her now-departed husband and the things they did together. Though it is sad that these times are now gone, she is comforted by her memories and by the hope of sharing in the lives of her child and grandchildren. Written by Snow Leopard

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27 March 1911 (USA)  »

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Sweetheart Days  »

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Nepotism is Born with the Pickford Family
5 January 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Nineteenth century romantic Lottie Pickford (as younger Lettie Terrell) is wooed by dashing King Baggot (as Edward Jackson) in a poetic flashback story triggered by pretty young Mary Pickford (as Polly Biblett) bringing her present day beau to meet approving grandmother Charlotte Smith (as older Lettie Terrell Jackson). Her "Sweet Memories of Yesterday" foreshadow not only happiness for the young couple, but also tragedy…

This Thomas H. Ince short is not imaginatively filmed; its actors walk into camera range, to perform (compare it to what D.W. Griffith was accomplishing at Biograph) - but, it does address an unusual topic artfully, and with what would become a unique configuration of performers. This is the only surviving film to feature the entire Pickford family: mother Charlotte Smith Pickford, daughter Mary Pickford Moore, daughter Lottie Pickford, son Jack Pickford, and son-in-law Owen Moore.

So far, this historic film has not received the restoration it deserves. An excised scene exists; in it, Charlotte Smith and son Jack Pickford appear at the grave of her husband / his father. It may be the film's most striking and significant scene, pointedly illustrating that the "Sweet Memories" of the older woman included the death of her husband, at a relatively early age. Interestingly, this is what occurred in the "real life" Pickford family.

****** Sweet Memories of Yesterday (3/27/11) Thomas H. Ince ~ Charlotte Smith, Lottie Pickford, Mary Pickford


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