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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 22 September 1917 (USA)
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 »


Marshall Neilan


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Cast overview:
Mary Pickford ... Rebecca Randall
Eugene O'Brien ... Adam Ladd
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Hannah Randall
Charles Ogle ... Mr. Cobb
Marjorie Daw ... Emma Jane Perkins
Mayme Kelso ... Jane Sawyer
Jane Wolfe ... Mrs. Randall (as Jane Wolff)
Josephine Crowell ... Miranda Sawyer
Jack McDonald Jack McDonald ... Reverend Jonathan Smellie
Violet Wilkey Violet Wilkey ... Minnie Smellie
F.A. Turner ... Mr. Simpson (as Frank Turner)
Kate Toncray Kate Toncray ... Mrs. Simpson
Emily Gerdes Emily Gerdes ... Clara Belle Simpson (as Emma Gordes)


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 friends and must adjust to surroundings that are sometimes difficult. But she still finds time to think of numerous ways to help others in her new hometown. Written by Snow Leopard

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The end of Rebecca's circus career.


Comedy | Drama








Release Date:

22 September 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le petit démon See more »

Filming Locations:

Pleasanton, California, USA

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Mary Pickford Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Milton Berle's first film. See more »


Mrs. Randall: Don't fergit to wash behind yer ears, Rebeccy!
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Edited into American Experience: Mary Pickford (2005) See more »

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Lost Little Girl
27 April 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

After her mother mortgages the family's "Sunnybrook Farm", Mary Pickford (as Rebecca Randall) is sent to live with two aunts: Josephine Crowell (as Aunt Miranda) is stern and heartless; she overrides kinder, broken-hearted, Mayme Kelso (as Aunt Jane). Predictably, Ms. Pickford finds things are not so sunny in Riverboro. Moreover, she finds her self at odds with teasing peers, like Violet Wilkey (as Minnie Smellie). Pickford perseveres. And, eventually, she warms folks up, like her older man crush Eugene O'Brien (as Adam "Mr. Aladdin" Ladd), who Pickford hopes to marry when she "grows up"...

In a first class production, Pickford has some nice moments; though, her affected "little girl" persona doesn't really succeed in effectively portraying the young heroine of Kate Douglas Wiggins' "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm", as evidenced on film. In sometimes startling contrast, several of the other young performers are noticeably more natural and/or charming. Ms. Wilkey, one of the younger set, regrettably "retired" shortly after her convincing portrayal of "Minnie Smellie". Wilkey, who also played young "Flora" in "The Birth of a Nation" (1915), was one of many marvelous young players Pickford employed, to shine by her side. Happily, kids like Wesley Barry and Milton Berle did not retire after appearing herein.

******* Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (9/22/17) Marshall Neilan ~ Mary Pickford, Eugene O'Brien, Violet Wilkey, Helen Jerome Eddy

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