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 ... See full summary »

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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 Pamela Short

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Interesting historical piece.
7 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Little orphant annie is interesting piece based on the story by james whitcomb riley. James whitcomb riley is actually in the movie as the narrator of the silent story. You will find some interesting early special effects in this movie. The story line is good although a bit disjointed in sections. Collen Moore turns in a good performance. Little orphant annie is the tale of child whose mother dies and she is sent to the orphanage at a young age. There she develops a skill of telling wild tales to the other children which leads to some fantastic early special effects to bring the story to life. As she gets older and it forced to live with her mean uncle and the story develops from there. IF you get the opportunity to catch the film it is worth viewing.


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