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Poor Little Peppina (1916)

A little girl is kidnapped by the Mafia in revenge for her father's help in capturing one of the mobsters. She is presumed dead, but in reality is spirited away to Italy, where she is ... See full summary »

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Sidney Olcott

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Kate Jordan (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mary Pickford ... Peppina
Eugene O'Brien ... Hugh Carroll
Antonio Maiori Antonio Maiori ... Soldo
Ernest Torti Ernest Torti ... Pietro
Edwin Mordant Edwin Mordant ... Robert Torrens
Jack Pickford ... Beppo
Edith Shayne Edith Shayne ... Mrs. Torrens
Cesare Gravina Cesare Gravina ... Villato
William T. Carleton William T. Carleton ... Detective Chief
N. Cervi N. Cervi ... Dominica
Mrs. A. Maiori Mrs. A. Maiori ... Bianca
Francesca Guerra Francesca Guerra ... The Stoker
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A little girl is kidnapped by the Mafia in revenge for her father's help in capturing one of the mobsters. She is presumed dead, but in reality is spirited away to Italy, where she is raised as the daughter of a kindly couple. When she is betrothed to the cruel padrone, she disguises herself as a boy and stows away to America, where she finds herself once again in the clutches of the mobster who originally kidnapped her. But this time luck and her own pluck are with her, and the tables are soon turned. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Peppina See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Mary Pickford Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film was cut to five reels (from seven) for general release. See more »

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Interesting Film
15 November 2005 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Poor Little Peppina is the story of a little girl who is kidnapped in the middle of the night by an escaped convict and his mafia. Her parents are led to believe that their daughter drowned with the convict who kidnapped her and are devastated. However, the girl was really sent to live in another home as Peppina, their daughter.

Years later, Peppina refuses to marry a disgusting old man that has paid for her hand in marriage, so she dresses as a boy and escapes.

For a 1916 film, this one has a surprisingly good plot filled with twists and turns. The photography is more advanced than one might expect; the film is not entirely shot far away from the actors.

Mary Pickford is good in her role, but her part is not very typical. Instead of being able to show off her vibrant personality, Pickford is restrained in the film, but effectively so.

Jack Pickford, Mary's brother, has a small part as her "brother" in the film, one of the few times the two were in a film together. In their scenes together, they seem genuinely close, but his character fades away near the end.

Most of the actors use elaborate stage gestures throughout the film, but this is appropriate since the characters are supposed to be Italian.

Overall, this is an engaging film.


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