Merely Mary Ann (1920)

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An orphan girl named Mary Ann falls for a poverty-stricken composer named John Lonsdale.


(as Edward J. LeSaint)


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Cast overview:
Mary Ann
Casson Ferguson ...
Harry Spingler ...
Georgia Woodthorpe ...
Mrs. Leadbatter
Babe London ...
Rosie Leadbatter
Kewpie Morgan ...
Drunkard (as H.A. Kewpie Morgan)
Paul Weigel ...


An orphan girl named Mary Ann falls for a poverty-stricken composer named John Lonsdale.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance




Release Date:

12 September 1920 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Janette, bonne à tout faire  »

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1.33 : 1
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Merely Mary Ann (1920) -- Lost Silent ?
26 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Mary Ann (Shirley Mason) toils as a scullery maid in a London boardinghouse run by Mrs. Leadbatter (Georgia Woodthorpe). Lancelot (Casson Ferguson), a handsome young composer, is one of the boarders, and has difficulty making ends meet, primarily because he refuses to write commercial music. He befriends Mary Ann and slowly they fall in love. A stranger ( Jean Hersholt ) who loiters around the boarding house, begins showing an interest in Mary Ann, because she has inherited a fortune from her brother, and the stranger is hoping to win her love and marry into the inheritance. Lancelot soon chase him off, for he has already asked Mary Ann to be his own housekeeper, but her sudden wealth scares him off. Three years later, he writes a composition that becomes a success, and goes back to Mary Ann declaring his true love.

This 1920 romance/drama was based on the Broadway play, Merely Mary Ann. This was the second film version, produced by the Fox Film Corporation, starring Shirley Mason, it may sadly now be a lost silent film.

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