Orphan drudge Mary Ann finds love and hope in the arms of a promising but poor composer, John Lonsdale.

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Mary Ann
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Mrs. Leadbatter
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Tom Whiteley ...
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G.P. Huntley ...
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Harry Rosenthal
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Orphan drudge Mary Ann finds love and hope in the arms of a promising but poor composer, John Lonsdale.

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6 September 1931 (USA)  »

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A fourth version of "Merely Mary Ann" was on Fox's 1936-1937 schedule, but the movie was not made. See more »

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Version of Merely Mary Ann (1920) See more »

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Kiss Me Goodnight, Not Goodbye
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Lyrics by Jules Furthman
Music by James F. Hanley
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Wonderful Print of the Gaynor/Farrell Pairing
31 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Viewed an excellent print at the MOMA Film Study Center in NYC and it was also a well done storyline with an excellent performance by Janet Gaynor. The storyline was definitely Pre-Code for it is obvious that they were living together prior to marriage as well as having an intimate sexual relationship, but it was done in a tasteful and realistic manner. The chemistry between the two actors is evident and the plot whilst silly at times, it is made convincing by the two main performers and the supporting cast.

Here is the storyline: Vicar Smedge brings Mary Ann, a naive orphan, to work as a drudge for London boardinghouse keeper Mrs. Leadbatter. One of the tenants, John Lonsdale, a frustrated composer who is disdainful of popular music and people he feels are beneath him, insults Mary Ann's "vulgar sentiment" when she pays the rent on his newly-delivered piano because he does not have enough to pay the draymen. When John criticizes Mary Ann's red hands, his friend, Peter Brooke, comforts her and tries to account for John's angry mood by telling her that five years earlier, John broke off from his father, a wealthy shipowner, and that he is struggling now to avoid admitting failure. After John apologizes to Mary Ann and explains that he criticized her hands because women in his family always wore gloves, he kisses her cheek and grudgingly agrees to keep her canary, whose night warbling has bothered Mrs. Leadbatter. Soon Mary Ann obtains gloves and enjoys John's goodnight kisses. After impresario Granville Gascony writes to John to say he likes his composition, John excitedly gets ready to leave. Mary Ann begs to go with him as his housekeeper, and he agrees, but when Mrs. Leadbatter learns that he has kissed Mary Ann, she locks her in her room. John pays Mrs. Leadbatter the back rent he owes and puts a note in the canary cage for Mary Ann to meet him at a tailor shop if she still wants to join him. Later, at a cottage by the sea, John and Mary Ann frolic on the beach. As she happily prepares his lunch, he plays a piece from his new operetta, which lacks a story. Just then, Mrs. Leadbatter and Vicar Smedge arrive with news that oil has been found on a farm left by Mary Ann's father and that she is now one of the wealthiest commoners in England. Although Mary Ann would prefer to remain with John, Mrs. Leadbatter and the vicar insist that arrangement is impossible unless they marry. When John refuses, saying that he would only be marrying her for the money, Mary Ann disconsolately leaves after giving John the canary. One year later, at the intermission of John's operetta "Mary Ann," John sees Mary Ann, who, despite her wealth, lives simply in the country near her birthplace. After she castigates him for having been too proud to marry a servant, he agrees that he was, but asks her to return. She refuses and he admits that he never realized the love that surrounded him until it was gone. Sometime later, as John is composing and remembering Mary Ann, she knocks on his door and puts on her gloves. John pinches himself, and after he is sure that he is not imagining her, they embrace.


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