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Cast overview:
Gertie Jones
Jimmy Hartigan
George A. McDaniel ...
Mr. Hanson (as George McDaniels)
Mrs. Hanson
Walt Whitman ...
Clara Greenwood ...
Nellie (as Claire Greenwood)
Josef Swickard ...
Judge (as Joseph Swickard)
Milton Ross ...
Kersey (as H. Milton Ross)


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Crime | Comedy




Release Date:

16 June 1919 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lovløse Eksistenser  »

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1.33 : 1
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Pretty Smooth (1919) - Lost Silent ?
27 August 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Gertie Jones ( Priscilla Dean ), known among other thieves as "The Chatterbox" because she talks to herself while she works, becomes a rich woman's French maid after learning about her employer's $40,000 diamond necklace. To cover up the scratches left by her tools after she unsuccessfully tries to open the safe containing the necklace, Gertie telephones the police to report an attempted burglary. Jimmy Hartigan ( Francis McDonald ), a famous thief, arrives and after he and Gertie fall in love at first sight, he is arrested. After Gertie helps Jimmy escape from prison, they move to New York and continue their illegal endeavours until they see Gertie's sister, whose time in prison has left her consumptive, and a famous crook, now a broken wreck, and decide to go straight for each other's sake. As the "Harts," they buy a farm in New Jersey after foiling the plans of a crooked real estate promoter. When Kersey ( H. Milton Ross ), a detective on Jimmy's trail, arrives, Jimmy and Gertie pretend to save him from two escaped convicts. The grateful detective, believing that the "Harts" have reformed, refuses to recognize them as the "Hartigans."

This 1919 silent crime/comedy was produced by The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, starring silent screen actress Priscilla Dean. The survival status of Pretty Smooth is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.

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