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The Extra Girl (1923)

 -  Comedy  -  28 October 1923 (USA)
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Sue Graham is a small town girl who wants to be a motion picture star. She wins a contract when a picture of a very pretty girl is sent to a studio instead of her picture. When she arrives ... See full summary »

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Sue Graham
Ralph Graves ...
Dave Giddings
George Nichols ...
Zachariah 'Pa' Graham
Anna Dodge ...
Mary 'Ma' Graham (as Anna Hernandez)
Vernon Dent ...
Aaron Applejohn
Ramsey Wallace ...
T. Phillip Hackett
Charlotte Mineau ...
Belle Brown
Mary Mason ...
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Max Davidson ...
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Louise Carver ...
Madame McCarthy - Wardrobe Mistress
William Desmond ...
Himself - Actor
Carl Stockdale ...
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Harry Gribbon ...
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George Beranger ...
Actor in Wardrobe Line (as André Beranger)
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Sue Graham is a small town girl who wants to be a motion picture star. She wins a contract when a picture of a very pretty girl is sent to a studio instead of her picture. When she arrives in Hollywood, the mistake is discovered and she starts working in the props department of the studio instead. Her parents then come out to California and invest some money with a very shifty individual. Written by Charles K. Ammons <ckammons@mci2000.com>

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Mabel in her prime
21 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mabel plays Sue Graham, a small-town girl whose picture is mixed up with that of a much prettier girl that a movie studio decides they want to put under contract. When Sue arrives on the scene, the studio discovers its mistake and assigns Sue to the props department. Sue does overcome adversity, but not before she mistakes a dog dressed as a lion for an actual lion and her parents come out to Hollywood for a visit and end up exchanging their life's savings for some worthless oil stock. Note Vernon Dent, later of the Columbia comic shorts and specifically the Three Stooges series, as Sue's unwanted suitor.

"The Extra Girl" is one of the more charming silent films I have enjoyed recently, and it's too bad Mabel Normand is remembered more for the Hollywood scandals of the roaring 20's than her charming comic persona in silent films. Her frequent costar, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, suffered a much worse fate - the end of his career - over a crime of which he was acquitted. Like The Primitive Lover, I'm surprised more people haven't seen this film. Check it out, you won't regret it. The best existing DVD copies are in very good shape, and detail is clearly visible. There are only a few signs of deterioration towards the middle of the film.


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