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Mary Ellen Comes to Town (1920)

A simple country girl comes to the big city and is taken advantage of by unscrupulous city-slickers.



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Cast overview:
Mary Ellen
Kate Bruce ...
Mary Ellen's mother
Bob Fairacres
Adolph Lestina ...
Col. Fairacres
William Gurson, aka 'Will the Weasel' (as Charles Gerrard)
Raymond Cannon ...
'Beauty' Bender
Bert Appling ...
Hard Harris (as Bert Apling)
Rhea Haines ...
Fossie Fleurette


Country girl Mary Ellen dreams of living in the big city. She hops a train and heads to New York where she finds life less than glamorous working in a sleazy cabaret. Her dodgy boss 'Will the Weasel' frames her to commit a robbery, but Mary Ellen alerts the intended victim, Bob, whom she has fallen in love with. The police arrive and arrest Will while Mary Ellen and Bob quickly marry and happily return to her home town. Written by Pamela Short

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Release Date:

21 March 1920 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La vocation de Mary  »

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1.33 : 1
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Mary Ellen Comes to Town (1920)- Lost Film
1 February 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Lonely Mary Ellen ( Dorothy Gish ) works as a soda jerk in a sleepy Southern town, and she dreams of making it big in the city. She hops a train one day, and heads for New York where she finds a job in a shady cabaret run by William Gurson aka 'Will the Weasel' ( Charles K. Gerrard ). Will plots to swindle greenhorn Bob Fairacres ( Ralph Graves ) of his bankroll. He enlists Mary Ellen in his plan by framing her for a robbery and then threatening to jail her unless she participates. But Mary Ellen has fallen in love with Bob, and forewarns him at the last minute about the plan. The police arrive and take Will away, while Mary Ellen and Bob tie the knot, and then happy couple returns to her home town.

For fans of the talented Dorothy Gish and silent cinema, the loss of this film is sad. Surviving lobby cards for Mary Ellen Comes to Town, heightens the tragedy of so many lost silent films.

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