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Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley (1918)

Amarilly comes from a large family in a working-class neighborhood. She is happy with her family and her boyfriend Terry, a bartender in a cafe. But one day she meets Gordon, a sculptor who... See full summary »

Director:

Marshall Neilan (as Marshall A. Neilan)

Writers:

Frances Marion (by), Belle K. Maniates (from the book by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Amarilly Jenkins
William Scott ... Terry McGowen
Kate Price ... Mrs. Americus Jenkins
Ida Waterman Ida Waterman ... Mrs. David Phillips
Norman Kerry ... Gordon Phillips
Fred Goodwins Fred Goodwins ... Johnny Walker
Margaret Landis ... Colette King
Tom Wilson Tom Wilson ... 'Snitch' McCarthy
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Amarilly comes from a large family in a working-class neighborhood. She is happy with her family and her boyfriend Terry, a bartender in a cafe. But one day she meets Gordon, a sculptor who comes from a rich family, and she begins to be drawn into the world of the upper class. Written by Snow Leopard

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Branquinha a Lavadeira See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mary Pickford Company See more »
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Runtime:

(1998 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Wilson's part was originally supposed to be played by Eric Campbell, who had played the "heavy" with Charles Chaplin the previous two years. Campbell was killed in an auto accident on December 28, 1917, a week prior to the start of this film's production. Wilson would play a uniformed policeman in Chaplin's The Kid (1921). See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1998, the Mary Pickford foundation copyrighted a video version produced by Timeline Films and Milestone Film & Video. It has a music score arranged and performed by The Mont Alto Orchestra and runs 67 minutes. See more »

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Pickford is Delightful in a Charming Old-Fashioned Story
10 August 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is a charming old-fashioned story, featuring a delightful performance by Mary Pickford, two good male leads, and a plot that includes a good variety of material. The lead character makes it a perfect star vehicle for Pickford, and the rest of the film also complements her talents nicely.

The story is about Amarilly, a girl from a working-class Irish family. She has a boyfriend, Terry, who works at a cafe, but she also meets a sculptor from a rich family and becomes involved with his circle. There are some very funny moments, some (melo)dramatic parts, and some thoughtful social commentary as well. All of these come together nicely in a key scene when Amarilly's family mingles with the upper crust.

Besides Pickford, charming as always, the two make leads (William Scott and Norman Kerry) are very good, presenting believable and interesting characters who form a nice contrast with each other and a good complement to Amarilly. They all help a fairly simple story come to life. This is the kind of old-fashioned film that unfortunately does not get a lot of attention today, but it's a real pleasure for those who enjoy the silent classics.


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