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The New York Hat (1912)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama | 5 December 1912 (USA)
The young village minister was not quite as discreet as he might have been in fulfilling the strange trust left by the dying mother, but it certainly worked for the common good. By the ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writers:

Anita Loos, Frances Marion (contributing writer)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Miss Mollie Goodhue
Charles Hill Mailes ... Mr. Goodhue - Mollie's Father
Kate Bruce ... Mrs. Goodhue - Mollie's Mother
Lionel Barrymore ... Preacher Bolton - the Minister
Alfred Paget ... The Doctor
Claire McDowell ... First Gossip
Mae Marsh ... Second Gossip
Clara T. Bracy ... Third Gossip
Madge Kirby Madge Kirby ... Shopkeeper / At Mother's Deathbed
Lillian Gish ... Customer in Shop / Outside Church
Jack Pickford ... Youth Outside Church
Robert Harron ... Youth Outside Church
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The young village minister was not quite as discreet as he might have been in fulfilling the strange trust left by the dying mother, but it certainly worked for the common good. By the bequest the mother desired that her daughter possess some of the finery previously denied her. As a result the minister and Mary were linked in a scandal, with the church board in judgment. Gossip received the laugh, however, as it generally does, while the minister assumed a trust quite unexpected. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Not Rated
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This was the last film Mary Pickford made for Biograph Company. See more »

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Featured in Birth of Hollywood: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »

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It doesn't shut its eyes to the frailties of mortal flesh
9 April 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A picture of a few human beings. They live in a small country town and seem to center around the village church. It doesn't shut its eyes to the frailties of mortal flesh; but it is optimistic, good-natured and leaves a pleasant taste, indeed, it is a picture among pictures to entertain, encourage and amuse. It is wonderful how the Biograph producer gets his many different characters, for hardly can the players be recognized so sure are they in their assumption of the peculiarities and semblance of people not themselves. One marvels that they are; but seeing them, he is not astonished to find them acting humorously. The scenario behind this picture of the little girl (Mary Pickford), of a miserly father for whom the minister bought a new hat, because her dying mother, knowing the father's stinginess, had given him a little money to get her a "few bits of finery," isn't strong in its primary idea; but it has been mighty well worked up. Then the motivation of the characters is so clearly drawn and the humor of them so often convinces laughter that the audience gets satisfaction. Clair McDowell plays an old spinster, Mae Marsh has an unimportant part. - The Moving Picture World, December 21, 1912


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

5 December 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A New York-i kalap See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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