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The Patsy (1928)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  22 April 1928 (USA)
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An awkward teenager hopelessly in love with her elder sister's boyfriend tries to make him notice her.

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Orville Caldwell ...
Tony Anderson
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Ma Harrington
Lawrence Gray ...
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Dell Henderson ...
Pa Harrington
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Grace Harrington
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An awkward teenager hopelessly in love with her elder sister's boyfriend tries to make him notice her.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated
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22 April 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

C'est une gamine charmante  »

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This was actually Marie Dressler's turnaround film. After having quite a slump in her career, Dressler was apparently having her last meal at a restaurant before killing herself when Allan Dwan, who was sitting at a nearby table, ended up offering her the role for King Vidor that night. The movie was a success, and Dressler's career skyrocketed again. See more »

Quotes

Billy Caldwell: [Pretending to be a waiter, offering an appetizer to Ma Harrington] Noiseless celery from contented farms?
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Edited into American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996) See more »

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13 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TCM will be showing this gem on April, 29th 2007. So be sure not to miss it!

This little silent film is very dear to my heart. When ever I am feeling down or crying over some problems at school; I always pop in The Patsy. It never fails to erase all the sorrows from my heart and I feel as good as new. This film is the perfect medicine.

The story is simple enough: Marion Davies plays Patricia Harrington who lives in an average, modest house with her normal everyday family. She crushes really bad on her sister's boyfriend Tony (Orville Caldwell) and she will stop at nothing to get him. Along with Pat's quest for her man, there is another side to the plot. Pat is sadly mistreated by her mother (Marie Dressler) who seems to prefer her sister (Jane Winton). Even though Pat has the sure love of her wonderful and sensitive father (Dell Henderson) she craves for her mother's love as well. So, as always, Pat picks a hilarious and clever way to finally get her mother's attention....

The Patsy's print looks brilliant and it has a flawless soundtrack by Vivek Maddala. His score for this film is even better than his score for Wild Oranges. Lots of the title cards are really funny and witty - I have so much fun reading them!

If you want to introduce somebody to silent films, show them this one, especially if they're a lady. Everybody loves comedy, the print is in good shape, the story is still common today, and there are no "over-the-top" acting styles that have turned people off silent films before in the past.


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