Told at Twilight (1917)

A child, Mary Sunshine, filled with a desire to play with other youngsters, was forbidden to do so by her mother. But one day Piggy, a young negro child, appeared over the top of the fence ... See full summary »


Henry King


Daniel F. Whitcomb (scenario)


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Complete credited cast:
Marie Osborne ... Little Mary Sunshine (as Baby Helen Marie Osborne)
Daniel Gilfether Daniel Gilfether ... Daniel Graham
Beatrice Van ... The Mother
Henry King ... The Father
Leon Pardue Leon Pardue ... Piggy


A child, Mary Sunshine, filled with a desire to play with other youngsters, was forbidden to do so by her mother. But one day Piggy, a young negro child, appeared over the top of the fence and the temptation was too great. From that day on, Mary was given to running off with Piggy. As punishment for her first offense, she was sent to bed without supper, but neither her father nor mother could sleep when they realized that Mary was hungry, so they caught each other bringing food to the youngster. On a nearby estate lived Daniel Graham, rich, alone and grouchy. To him came the awakening when he heard the laugh of a child. Looking over the fence to locate the laugh, he found Mary and Piggy encouraging a chicken fight. From then on, day after day, the child visited him and brought cheer to the big mansion, which had never known the sound of childish laughter. On the off days, when not at the big house, Mary and Piggy ran wild for ways in which to make passersby lose their seriousness and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

25 March 1917 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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The best of the Little Mary Sunshine series
21 July 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

There are bits of the unconscious humor of childhood in "Told at Twilight," the five-reel "Little Mary Sunshine" photoplay, produced by Balboa, that will delight the admirers of that remarkable youngster, Baby Marie Osborne. The attempt to weave a dramatic interest into the plot has not been accomplished very successfully. But that is of small moment! The situation where the father of the little heroine comes to rob the man who has befriended him and is confronted by his own child is not particularly novel and is less convincing. Fortunately, this serious element has very little bearing on the merits of the picture. In "Told at Twilight" little Mary's adventures with a forbidden playmate, a little colored boy named Piggy, are the sources of most of the fun; although, her reliable friend, the wealthy, but lonely old gentleman next door, again has a hand in the doings. From a comedy point of view, "Told at Twilight" is the best of the Little Mary Sunshine series. It is hardly necessary to add that the young star possesses all of her old charm and maintains her position as the leading child actress of the screen. The ratio of her personality in relation to her size is but one of her amazing gifts. Henry King continues to direct little Miss Osborne's pictures and to act as her principal support. - The Moving Picture World, March 24, 1917

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