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The Greatest Thing in Life (1918)

Jeannette Peret, daughter of a cigar-store owner, leaves her Greenwich Village home for France in hopes of finding there the love which eludes her at home. She becomes enamored of le Bebe, ... See full summary »

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Jeannette Peret
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Edward Livingston
Peaches Jackson ...
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Leo Peret
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Edward Peil Sr. ...
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Kate Bruce ...
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Jeannette Peret, daughter of a cigar-store owner, leaves her Greenwich Village home for France in hopes of finding there the love which eludes her at home. She becomes enamored of le Bebe, a giant of a vegetable peddler, but his unsophisticated ways disillusion her. Edward Livingston, a wealthy young man from home who had spurned Jeannette, now turns up and realizes the error of his ways. But he, too, has a great flaw, and only the outbreak of war , ironically, is able to lead Jeannette to a peaceful conclusion to her quest. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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22 December 1918 (USA)  »

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The Cradle of Souls  »

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Zasu Pitts was originally cast in a supporting role, but D.W. Griffith fired her because he thought she looked too much like the female lead, Lillian Gish. All of her scenes were cut from the final print. See more »

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