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The Little Princess (1917)

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 »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Mary Pickford ... Sara Crewe
Norman Kerry ... Capt. Richard Crewe
Katherine Griffith Katherine Griffith ... Miss Minchin
Anne Schaefer ... Amelia Minchin (as Ann Schaefer)
Zasu Pitts ... Becky
W.E. Lawrence ... Ali-Baba (as William E. Lawrence)
Theodore Roberts ... Cassim
Gertrude Short ... Ermigarde
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Mr. Carrisford
Loretta Blake Loretta Blake ... Lavinia
George A. McDaniel George A. McDaniel ... Ram Dass (as George McDaniel)
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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 for Sara. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mala ksiezniczka See more »

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Mary Pickford Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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One of many silent-era films starring "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford which were later remade as Shirley Temple vehicles. Known as the "Girl with the Curls," Pickford's box-office hits included The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917), Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) the film. In the mid-1930s 20th Century-Fox boss Darryl F. Zanuck re-purposed Pickford's films as vehicles for Temple and thus produced Poor Little Rich Girl (1936), Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938), The Little Princess (1939), etc. Zanuck also instructed studio publicists to use Pickford's persona and nicknames as a model for Temple's public image as a Hollywood starlet. See more »

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A Simple But Pleasant Story
28 February 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This simple but pleasant story is mostly worthwhile as a vehicle for Mary Pickford to play the kind of role that made her popular. Here, she is a young heiress trying to get used to her new surroundings at a school for girls, when a sudden tragedy changes everything. There isn't a lot to the plot, and so much of the screen time is simply used to show how charming young Sara (Pickford) can be. Pickford, of course, knows just how to make her character sympathetic. Most of the other characters are simply stock figures, except for a young Zasu Pitts, who gets a lot of screen time as Sara's friend. It's not one of Pickford's more memorable films, but it's a pleasant way to pass an hour.


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