Surrounded by a group of children, poet James Whitcomb Riley narrates the story of Little Orphant Annie, who loses her mother at an early age and is sent to an orphanage. Annie charms the ...
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Surrounded by a group of children, poet James Whitcomb Riley narrates the story of Little Orphant Annie, who loses her mother at an early age and is sent to an orphanage. Annie charms the other children with her stories of goblins and elves until her uncle comes to claim her. He and her aunt force Annie into a life of drudgery, treating her so cruelly that Big Dave, a neighboring farmer, takes her from them and places her in the charge of the kindly Squire Goode and his wife. Big Dave, who intends to marry Annie, is called away to fight in World War I. When Annie hears the news that he has been killed, she pretends to be gravely ill but wakes up to learn that it has all been a dream. Written by
Colleen Moore plays Little Orphant Annie. Her parents die when she is very young and she is sent to an orphanage where she regales the kids with stories about goblins who will get them if they don't watch out. The goblins are creatively staged as overlaid double exposures in various scenes in costumes on people of all shapes and sizes. When she reaches a certain age, she must go to live with her cruel aunt and uncle. Animal-lovers might want to shy away due to the mean treatment a cat receives.
Unfortunately, the plot feels more like a set-up for a film that never really gets going. A possible sequel is teased but never came to fruition.
A 35 mm print of the newest restoration by Eric Grayson and Thad Komorowski was run at Capitolfest in 2017. It draws from several surviving prints in various condition and is the most complete version available.
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