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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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enjoyable Normand film
14 January 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

An entertaining little comedy starring Mabel Normand, the beautiful funny girl who in her heyday was as famous as Chaplin but who is sadly mostly remembered today as a footnote to the spate of sex and drug scandals that afflicted Hollywood in the early twenties. At nearly thirty she does looks a bit old to be playing an ingénue, but she's nevertheless quite appealing as the scrappy but naïve farm girl Sue with her old fashioned ringlets and homemade dresses who is determined to take Hollywood by storm. She doesn't, and the movie rather than being a rags to riches chronicle you might have been expecting becomes a relatively prosaic account of the fate of thousands of girls who tried to make it in Hollywood, failed but ended up happy enough with ordinary lives as wives and mothers. The movie doesn't dwell too much on its more realistic elements, however, and viewers are most likely to remember those amusing set pieces as when Sue's overbearing father attempts to force her to get out of bed and dress for her wedding or (the highlight of the film) when Mabel, now working as a lackadaisical prop girl, mistakes a lion for a dog dressed up in a shoddy lion's costume and nonchalantly leads it about the set on a leash to the horror of onlookers.

"The Extra Girl" is good introduction to the work of a talented comedienne who deserves to be better know today.


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