The Hoodlum (1919)

 |  Comedy  |  31 August 1919 (USA)
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A spoiled young rich girl is forced by misfortune to fight for survival in the slums and alleys, where she becomes involved with all manner of unpleasantness.


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Aggie Herring ...
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Max Davidson ...
Abram Isaacs
Paul Mullen ...
The Pugilist
Buddy Messinger ...
Dish Lowry (as Buddie Messenger)


A spoiled young rich girl is forced by misfortune to fight for survival in the slums and alleys, where she becomes involved with all manner of unpleasantness. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Mary Pickford In her Second Picture from her own Studios







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31 August 1919 (USA)  »

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Dans les bas-fonds  »

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Did You Know?


This was the 2nd film released by Mary Pickford's own production company, and each title card has her initials "MP". Using the producer's initials on title cards as a trademark was also used by DW Griffith. Griffith, Pickford, her husband Douglas Fairbanks, along with Charlie Chaplin went on to form United Artist studios one year after the release of this film in 1920. See more »


Craigen St. Neighbor: I'll be takin' none of yer insinuatin', you little gafiltafish!
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Featured in Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997) See more »


The Hoodlum
words by Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young, music by Harry Ruby, c. 1919
'Dedicated to Mary Pickford in "The Hoodlum" her second picture from her own studios, A First National Attraction'
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Fantastic Mary Pickford Treat
27 August 2003 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

It's too bad the title of this film would be a turn-off to many people, because the story is delightful, the acting fantastic, and the print that I saw of the film excellent. This has become one of my favorite of all Mary Pickford films.

After watching Amy Burkeses transition from high-brow Fifth Avenue to the ghettos of New York I had to read the book it was based on. The film is quite different than the novel, but both are enjoyable in their own ways. Mary's script makes the romance a little sweeter, and the storyline in her film is less political.

I would love to see this one on DVD with a new musical score.

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