A full color poster of "Lovely Mary" appears in "Singin' In The Rain" M-G-M (1952) in the lobby of the cinema just after the hilarious scene of "Lockwood & Lamont's" first preview talkie "The Duelling Cavalier". Gene Kelly, Jean Hagen and Donald O'Connor stand in the lobby as the public file out of the cinema saying how bad the film was; and the poster can be seen behind Donald O'Connor's shoulder. See more »
It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
Lovey Mary ( Bessie Love ), an awkward but affectionate young orphan, grows up in an orphanage and comes to love young Tommy ( Jackie Coombs ), the child of Kate ( Eileen Percy ), a disreputable woman. When Kate comes to take away her child, Lovey and Tommy run away from the orphanage and are given shelter by Miss Hazey ( Vivia Ogden ), who is about to be married to a correspondent whom she has never seen; Lovey, however, recognizes him as Mr. Stubbins ( Russell Simpson ), the exterminator at the orphanage. Lovey becomes friendly with Billy Wiggs ( William Haines ), who lives next door, and she works with the Wiggs girls, Asia ( Mary Jane Irving ), Australia ( Annabelle Magnus ), and Europena ( Gloria Holt ),in a tomato-canning factory. On the wedding day, Stubbins arrives drunk and exposes Lovey. Learning that Tommy's mother is dying, Lovey sends him back to her, thereby earning the right to keep him when she is happily married to Billy.
This 1926 silent comedy/drama was adapted from the novel Lovey Mary by Alice Hogan Rice, directed by King Baggot for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The filmed starred Bessie Love and William Haines. In the American Silent Feature Film Database it is listed as incomplete, one reel missing. Hopefully it will someday be available for public viewing.
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