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The Hoodlum (1919)

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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(as Sidney A. Franklin)

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(novel) (as Julie M. Lippman), (adapted by)
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Alexander Guthrie
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William Turner
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John Burke (as Dwight Crittendon)
Aggie Herring ...
Nora
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Pat O'Shaughnessy
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Abram Isaacs
Paul Mullen ...
The Pugilist
Buddy Messinger ...
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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31 August 1919 (USA)  »

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Dans les bas-fonds  »

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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 »

Quotes

Amy Burke: [Throwing dice] Hop an' get 'em! Read 'em an' weep!
Dish Lowry: Them bones is loaded.
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Connections

Featured in Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) See more »

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The Hoodlum
Words by Sam Lewis (as 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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