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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 suspect that maybe she has been cursed by a doll, or is it really a doll? Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A pleasant little comedy with a slightly muddled plot...
24 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In some ways, this film starring Mae Busch reminded me a bit of some of Mary Pickford's films--such as "Daddy Long Legs" (which actually came after "Hoodoo Ann"). It's like that in that the main character is an older teenager who is worked like a dog at an orphanage and who eventually finds happiness through some nice benefactors--but otherwise, "Hoodoo Ann" is much more of a silly but sweet comedy.

The film begins in the orphanage where, oddly, Ann is treated a lot like Cinderella. However, instead of having two mean step-sisters and a step-mother, all the female residents (who look too old to be there as well as frolicking on a playground) and the matrons treat Ann like a sort of slave--making her do all the work. However, when there is a fire at the place, Ann rescues another girl and is a hero. In response, a nice old couple decide to adopt Ann and take her to live with them. There she meets a nice neighbor (Robert Herron) and they fall in love. There is a subplot involving a doll and a black lady who talks about 'hoodoo' (sort of like a voodoo curse) on Ann--but this really is pretty unimportant to the story.

Now towards the last half of the film, the movie takes a really weird shift--away from a sad tale to a funny film. Ann and her new boyfriend go to the cinema and see a film. As Ann is a bit backward, she takes the film way too seriously. She thinks it's all a bit too real and she also goes home and pretends to be an actress. In the process, she dresses up and plays with a gun she thinks isn't loaded--leading to funny circumstances that really improve the overall film. It's rather inconsequential and silly, but also satisfying--and I don't want to say more as it might give away too much.

Overall, Busch was a very pleasant actress with a nice flair for comedy and pathos--and helped to make the film worth seeing. I liked the film very much--but didn't love it. Incidentally, the film was written by D.W. Griffith but not directed by him.


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