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Little Mary Sunshine (1916)

Just after Bob's fiancée breaks off their engagement, he meets young Mary, whose mother has just died, and the two of them comfort each other.


Henry King


Daniel F. Whitcomb (scenario) (as D.F. Whitcomb)




Cast overview:
Marie Osborne ... Mary (as Baby Marie Osborne)
Henry King ... Bob Daley
Marguerite Nichols Marguerite Nichols ... Sylvia Sanford
Andrew Arbuckle Andrew Arbuckle ... Bob's Father
Mollie McConnell ... Sylvia's Mother


Bob celebrates his engagement to Sylvia by going out drinking with his friends, which causes him to be late for a date with his fiancée. When Bob then lies to her about where he was, Sylvia breaks off the engagement. Meanwhile, young Mary is at home with her ailing mother when her drunken father arrives and beats Mary's mother until she is dead. In the resulting confusion, Mary wanders off and is met by the despondent Bob. He takes her home to his parents, who agree to care for her. In return, Mary is a source of comfort for Bob, and the broken engagement plus the knowledge of what happened to Mary's mother convinces Bob to give up drinking forever. Meanwhile, Bob's father tries to encourage Sylvia to come back. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

3 March 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Time See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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After Bob takes Mary home, here seems to be no effort made to locate her home and explain what has happened, let alone to account for the couple's presumed adoption of the child. See more »

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Bear with What Drink Did
23 November 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Henry King (as Bob Daley) and Marguerite Nichols (as Sylvia Sanford) are engaged; to celebrate, Mr. King goes out drinking with the boys. Meanwhile, "Baby" Marie Osborne (as "Little" Mary) sits with her ailing (or abused) mother Mollie McConnell. She gets Ms. McConnell a drink, and plays with her doll. King continues to drink; so much so, he is late for a theater date with Ms. Nichols. Then, Mary's father stumbles home, obviously drunk, and fights with his wife. King finally arrives for his date, stumbling drunk; furious, Nichols ends their engagement, and throws him out. Elsewhere, Osborne runs away from home; her mother has died. So that she can get to Heaven faster, and see her mother again, "Little Mary" stows away in a fast car; there, she meets the despondent King.

Has Providence provided King's life with meaning?

This "Sunbeam" was a cute draw for viewers; so, King starred in several more films with "Baby" Marie Osborne. King was more renown as a director; and, Marguerite Nichols was, arguably, more renown as Mrs. Hal Roach. The early 1900s cars are very cool. The adults are more interesting viewing than the little girl -- her antics with a live bear are unsettling. Still, "Mr. Bear" always appears gentle on screen, even when chasing "Baby" Marie, after she gives him a bath, thanks to Providence, no doubt.

**** Little Mary Sunshine (3/6/16) Henry King ~ Marie Osborne, Henry King, Marguerite Nichols

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