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The Poor Little Rich Girl -- Gwen's family is rich, but her parents ignore her and most of the servants push her around, so she is lonely and unhappy...

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Eleanor Gates (play)
Frances Marion (scenario)
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Release Date:
5 March 1917 (USA) See more »
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Gwen's family is rich, but her parents ignore her and most of the servants push her around, so she is lonely and unhappy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Putting in images the delirium of a seriously ill little girl See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Mary Pickford ... Gwendolyn 'Gwen'
Madlaine Traverse ... Gwendolyn's Mother
Charles Wellesley ... Gwendolyn's Father
Gladys Fairbanks ... Jane
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... The Plumber
Emile La Croix ... The Organ Grinder
Marcia Harris ... Miss Royale
Charles Craig ... Thomas
Frank Andrews ... Potter
Herbert Prior ... The Doctor
George Gernon ... Johnny Blake
Maxine Elliott Hicks ... Susie May Squoggs (as Maxine Hicks)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nora Cecil ... One of Gwendolyn's Teachers (uncredited)

Directed by
Maurice Tourneur 
 
Writing credits
Eleanor Gates (play "Poor Little Rich Girl")

Frances Marion (scenario)

Produced by
Adolph Zukor .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Lucien N. Andriot  (as Lucien Andriot)
John van den Broek  (as John v.d. Broek)
 
Production Design by
Ben Carré 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mason N. Litson .... assistant director (as M.N. Litson)
 

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Runtime:
65 min | USA:78 min (TCM print) | 78 min (TCM print)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Mary Pickford was 25 years old when she played the 11 year old Gwen in this movie. Her short stature helped the illusion of youth.See more »
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Title card:Empty hearts. Empty lives. Empty homes. Poor little rich girl.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Putting in images the delirium of a seriously ill little girl, 15 December 2013
Author: a-cinema-history from Europe

The most original aspect of this film is that it translates into images the delirium of a seriously ill little girl fighting for her life. The beginning of the film is quite conventional both as regards the story, a little girl is ignored by her rich parents and bullied by the servants, and the way of filming, mostly indoor long duration wide shots with fixed camera, with some medium shots and a few close-ups. There are some slapstick gags and a funny scene when the father, remembering that, as a child, he had been dressed as a girl to punish him, decides to dress Gwen as a boy. Far from considering this as a punishment, she enjoys her boy costume and has a lot of fun having a mud fight with street boys.

The film becomes more interesting in the second half when it veers towards surrealism. It shows what Gwen is imagining, taking literally expressions that she hears, e.g. her father fighting bears, and the servants looking like their nicknames, snake in grass, double-face or big ears. It also shows the father, who has big financial worries, visualising his double taking a gun to commit suicide, with Gwen overlooking the scene.

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