6.6/10
30
3 user 2 critic

Fanchon, the Cricket (1915)

A young wild girl Fanchon ( Mary Pickford ) lives in a forest with her eccentric grandmother who is suspected by the villagers of being a witch. The unkempt Fanchon suffers from her ... See full summary »

Director:

James Kirkwood

Writers:

James Kirkwood, George Sand (novel)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The tenements are home to an international community, including the friends and family of a tough young ragamuffin named Annie Rooney, but their neighborhood may be threatened by a dangerous street gang.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Mary Pickford, William Haines, Walter James
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The dancer, Diotima, meets an engineer and skier, Karl, in his cottage in the mountains where they fall in love and have an affair. When Karl's young friend, Vigo, meets her she gives him ... See full summary »

Director: Arnold Fanck
Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Luis Trenker, Ernst Petersen
My Best Girl (1927)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A department store's stock girl falls in love with a co-worker, the son of the store's manager; the feeling is mutual though he is engaged to a debutante and focusing on becoming successful without the influence of his father.

Director: Sam Taylor
Stars: Mary Pickford, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Sunshine Hart
The Coward I (1915)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Confederate soldier Frank Winslow is terrified of the war and eventually runs away from battle. But when he finds himself behind enemy lines with vital information, he must decide between ... See full summary »

Directors: Reginald Barker, Thomas H. Ince
Stars: Frank Keenan, Charles Ray, Gertrude Claire
Mistress Nell (1915)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Nell Gwynne ( Mary Pickford ) and King Charles II ( Owen Moore ) fall in love after meeting at a fox hunt. Nell soon learns the jealous Duchess of Portsmouth ( Ruby Hoffman ) is a spy and ... See full summary »

Director: James Kirkwood
Stars: Mary Pickford, Owen Moore, Arthur Hoops
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

With her family in financial difficulties, Rebecca is sent to live with her two strict, unfeeling aunts, who do not appreciate the young girl's charm and energy. Rebecca must make new ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan
Stars: Mary Pickford, Eugene O'Brien, Helen Jerome Eddy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Angela maintains a coastal lighthouse in Italy, where she awaits the return of her brothers from the war. She learns they are casualties and takes solace in the arms of an American sailor ... See full summary »

Director: Frances Marion
Stars: Mary Pickford, Evelyn Dumo, Raymond Bloomer
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices much of her own happiness to promote his own ambitions, all without his ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Wilbur Higby
Christine (1937)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Christine, newly widowed and consumed by the memory of a ball she attended age 16, decides to track down the men she danced with that night and discover their fates.

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Marie Bell, Françoise Rosay, Louis Jouvet
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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
Stars: Mary Pickford, Charles Hill Mailes, Kate Bruce
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Little Sara Crewe is placed in a boarding school by her father when he goes off to war, but he does not understand that the headmistress is a cruel, spiteful woman who makes life miserable ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan
Stars: Mary Pickford, Norman Kerry, Katherine Griffith
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A wealthy resident attempts to dispossess squatters who live near his home, which leads to a false accusation of murder.

Director: Edwin S. Porter
Stars: Mary Pickford, Harold Lockwood, Olive Carey
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Mary Pickford ... Fanchon - the Cricket
Jack Standing ... Landry Barbeau
Lottie Pickford ... Madelon
Gertrude Norman Gertrude Norman ... Old Fadette
Russell Bassett ... Landry's Father
Dick Lee ... Didier (as Richard Lee)
Jack Pickford
Edit

Storyline

A young wild girl Fanchon ( Mary Pickford ) lives in a forest with her eccentric grandmother who is suspected by the villagers of being a witch. The unkempt Fanchon suffers from her grandmother's sorceress reputation. One day the girl rescues a boy from drowning and they fall in love, but Fanchon won't agree to marry him unless his father asks her. A year later the boy has fallen very ill and it is only the presence of the enchanting Fanchon that helps to restore his health. Written by Pamela Short

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1915 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Fred Astaire and Adele Astaire visited the set of this film as it was being made. They did not appear on camera, but it is often erroneously reported that they made their film debuts in this movie. See more »

Connections

Version of Fanchon the Cricket (1912) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Pickford, the Waif
12 November 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This was considered a lost movie when Mary Pickford died. A copy turned up in the Cinematheque Francaise, as they so often do, and in cooperation with the Mary Pickford Foundation, the BFI, Flicker Alley.... oh, the usual suspects, it has been preserved, restored somewhat and made available on a Blu-Ray/dvd set. I looked at the dvd version. It's a handsome offering, with only a few imperfection on the print, and a handsome toning to the affair: golden for daylight, blue for night, red for interiors.

It's based on a novel and written for the screen by director James Kirkwood and Frances Marion. Mary is Fanchon, a poor girl of a French village. Her grandmother is supposed to be a witch, but Mary is a free spirit, running around in rags. She takes a shine to Jack Standing, but all of the young villagers despise her; she beats up real-life brother Jack Pickford, sticks her tongue out at real-life sister Lottie, saves Standing from drowning and finds his idiot brother and has a grand time romping around the wild in the Delaware Water Gap for the first half of the movie. Then, as so often happens, the plot eventuates.

It's the second Pickford vehicle that Frances Marion had a hand in writing (I don't count THE NEW YORK HAT), and Pickford gets a lot out of the 'waif' role. The two women would have a fruitful collaboration, and Marion would direct a movie or two for America's sweetheart. Still, things slow down in the second half, and Standing is pretty much a stiff all the way through. Costume design is partially to blame. With his knee pants, wide-brimmed hat and collar, he winds up looking like Grady Sutton; he performs his role with the lack of brio that Sutton put into his comic nullities.... but Standing is simply a nullity.

Still, it's always good when a long-lost feature of Miss Pickford shows up. I'm glad I saw it.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed