A Little Madonna (1914)

Terrorized by Guido, her drunken and brutal father, Marie receives assurance from her dying mother that the Madonna will always protect her. The father reels in just after the mother has ... See full summary »

Director:

Ulysses Davis

Writer:

William Pigott (story)
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Cast

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Patricia Palmer ... Marie (as Margaret Gibson)
William Desmond Taylor ... Paul Langrois - an Artist
Jane Novak
Charles Bennett Charles Bennett ... Guido - Maries Father
Anne Schaefer
Loyola O'Connor Loyola O'Connor
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Terrorized by Guido, her drunken and brutal father, Marie receives assurance from her dying mother that the Madonna will always protect her. The father reels in just after the mother has expired, too drunk to realize the woman is dead, and finding the whiskey bottle empty, abuses the child. Marie appeals to the image of the Madonna and Guido, in a frenzy of rage, smashes it on the floor. Horrified at the sacrilege, Marie screams, bringing in the neighbors, among them Paul Langrois, a young artist and curio-lover. Paul's sympathy is aroused and he adopts the child. Later, Marie's father, who is ignorant of her whereabouts, sees Paul purchase an expensive silver image of the Madonna. He determines to steal the statue and follows Paul home, planning to return that night and get it. The little statue is put in a prominent place by the worshipful Marie. Paul conceives the idea of painting a picture of the Madonna. He sends for a professional model and she is just donning her costume when ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1914 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Has a very effective climax
30 July 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This story of a girl born in the slums has a very effective climax. The statue of the Madonna is her guardian saint and when the artist's model appears attired for this part she frightens away the girl's drunken father. The film is good photographically and original in theme. Margaret Gibson is pleasing as the girl. - The Moving Picture World, May 9, 1914


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