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Hoodoo Ann (1916)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  26 March 1916 (USA)
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A little orphan girl believes that her life is falling apart. It seems that everything that could possibly go wrong does go wrong. However, certain things happen that begin to make her ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
William H. Brown ...
Wilbur Higby ...
Loyola O'Connor ...
Mildred Harris ...
Pearl Elmore ...
Miss Prudence Scraggs
Anna Dodge ...
Sarah Higgins (as Anna Hernandez)
Charles Lee ...
Bill Higgins
Elmo Lincoln ...
Officer Lambert
Robert Lawler ...
Constable Drake
Carl Stockdale ...
Gordon Sanderson / Mustang Charley
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Betty Marsh


A little orphan girl believes that her life is falling apart. It seems that everything that could possibly go wrong does go wrong. However, certain things happen that begin to make her suspect that maybe she has been cursed by a doll, or is it really a doll? Written by

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orphan | fire | gun | marriage | cat


Comedy | Drama | Romance





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26 March 1916 (USA)  »

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A Classic Herr Griffith Heroine

Whenever silent fans around the world talk about the Amerikan actress Dame Mae Marsh, inevitably the name of Herr D. W. Griffith is part of the silent chatter due to the importance that the Amerikan director had in Dame Marsh's career, a close and fruitful collaboration indeed. Both silent celebrities started their careers during the pioneers times with Dame Marsh being discovered accidentally by Herr Griffith and then later becoming one of his most distinctive classical heroines.

After having worked with her mentor in the milestone film "The Birth Of A Nation" (1915), Dame Marsh played "Hoodoo Ann" in the silent year of 1916, a film actually directed by Herr Lloyd Ingraham but with a scenario by Herr Griffith. The Dame Marsh character in this small film production has many recognizable elements of Herr Griffith's heroines (not surprising considering who did the script) that this count mentioned before: a little orphan girl ( it is well-known that Herr Griffith has a special fondness for little orphans… ), an innocent and long-suffering child who will overcome many problems during her life with her special persistence.

So we have a classic Herr Griffith heroine who is outspoken and encounters some unexpected misfortunes but finds a handsome and rich fiancée who will bring about a happy ending. However, first an intriguing mystery will have to be solved.

But not all the credit of "Hoodoo Ann" should go to the Griffith/Marsh duo; Herr Ingraham did his part too, directing the film with resolute hand, using elaborate film narratives techniques to entwine comedy with tragedy.

In spite of Dame Marsh being too grown up to be playing a little girl, her performance is honest and unpretentious like the film itself. After all, "Hoodoo Ann" is a small film whose principal intention is to entertain, much like what happens when our heroine attends a "moving pitcher" show, in which she can escape from reality, like so many others, and be fascinated by such an odd invention. Surprisingly, the movies play a strong part in resolving the plot when a curious incident happens in the vicinity; after all, reality is stranger than fiction.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must act as godfather to a little but rich German orphan.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien

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