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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
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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 »
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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