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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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Thoughtful & Entertaining See more (12 total) »

Cast

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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)
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Nora Cecil ... One of Gwendolyn's Teachers (uncredited)
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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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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991.See more »
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Title card:Empty hearts. Empty lives. Empty homes. Poor little rich girl.See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Thoughtful & Entertaining, 3 July 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

With a good combination of a thoughtful story and entertaining scenes, this Mary Pickford vehicle works well and is pleasant to watch. Pickford is surprisingly convincing in portraying the "Poor Little Rich Girl", a character who is supposed to be less than half the age of the actress - some creative set design and Pickford's own charm and enthusiasm make it work.

Much of the film simply describes the world of young Gwen (Pickford), neglected by her parents and bullied by most of the servants, and thus lonely and unhappy despite living amidst material abundance. It picks up the pace as it moves along, and the best part is the dream sequence near the end - it is quite amusing, and also does a nice job of summarizing the themes of the story. The minor characters are worked into the story well, and a couple of them are entertaining in their own right.

When you put Pickford and her winsome style in a story like this, chances are good that it's going to be enjoyable to watch, and this is not an exception. It's a nice little film, and worth the trouble to find.

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