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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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John Burke (as Dwight Crittendon)
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Pat O'Shaughnessy
Max Davidson ...
Abram Isaacs
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Dish Lowry (as Buddie Messenger)
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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. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Mary Pickford In her Second Picture from her own Studios

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The film, released one year after the end of World War I, is proceeded by two short public service advertisements featuring Mary Pickford playing a schoolgirl. In the first she is writing on a school chalkboard that reads, in cursive, "Be an American help Uncle Sam pay for the War. The fighting is over but the paying aint." Someone offscreen is talking to her. She then adds the word "not" at the end. Then, after some additional prompting erases aint and adds "is". In the second public service announcement, she is again at the blackboard, writing in print "Buy WAR SAVINGS STAMP". Again, someone off camera prompts her and she adds a small "s" at the end. Then smiles and curtseys. See more »

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Amy Burke: Poor 'ittle Omar! Nobody 'oves 'ou but 'ou's 'ittle Muvver.
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Featured in Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997) See more »

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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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Great Pickford vehicle
31 July 2002 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Mary Pickford's appeal as `America's Sweetheart' is very clear in this film. While many of her fellow actors use an excessively theatrical style, she is totally natural. She inhabits her character completely and, contrary to the stereotype of her films, that character is anything but sweet for most of the movie. In fact, much of the delight of watching her is in enjoying her bad behavior!

Another impressive facet of the film is the authentic-looking slum where Amy Burke (Pickford's character) spends most of her time. Although created at a Hollywood studio, the slum almost smells like old New York.

The film does employ some ethnic stereotypes common at the time – but the poor characters are generally treated with affection, while the rich are seen as uncaring and in need of enlightenment. Also, it seems notable that Amy associates with ALL the kids of the slum neighborhood, not just those of her own ethnic group.


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