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The Wicked Darling (1919)

A slum girl is forced to steal for a living. After she swipes a rich society's matron's necklace, she hides out at the home of a man who turns out to be the socialite's former fiance.


Tod Browning


Evelyn Campbell (story "The Moth"), Harvey Gates | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Priscilla Dean ... Mary Stevens
Wellington A. Playter ... Kent Mortimer
Lon Chaney ... Stoop Connors
Spottiswoode Aitken ... Fadem
Gertrude Astor ... Adele Hoyt
Kalla Pasha Kalla Pasha ... The Bartender


Pickpockets 'Stoop' Connors and Mary Stevens often work together, but they are now having a falling out over a job that Connors had planned for the evening. Meanwhile, socialite Adele Hoyt breaks off her engagement with Kent Mortimer, who has lost the fortune that interested her in him. Then, as Adele is going out for the evening, her pearl necklace falls to the ground. Mary, standing nearby, quickly grabs it and runs off. As she is being pursued by police and others, Mary slips inside Kent's home to hide. As she then talks to Kent and learns of the patient way that he is dealing with his misfortunes, a change comes over Mary. She is now determined to make an honest living, and she and Kent become close. But 'Stoop' refuses to let her leave her old way of life, and he also insists on having the stolen pearls for himself. Written by Snow Leopard

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FOLKS! here's a real photoplay treat! A perfectly wonderful love story told in a way that will make you grip your seat and hold your breath-played so you'll never, never forget it. Don't miss it. (Print Ad- Urbana Daily Democrat, ((Urbana, Ohio)) 30 October 1919)


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This was the first of many collaborations between Tod Browning and Lon Chaney. See more »


Mary Stevens: I'm through wid yuh! Through wid your whole damn filthy bunch! Do yuh get me?
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Featured in Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000) See more »

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An early Tod Browning and Lon Chaney picture
9 October 2000 | by psteierSee all my reviews

At its heart a cheap melodrama of the time. Lon Chaney as the thief forcing the poor heroine Priscilla Dean into crime is very Lon Chaney.

The reconstructed print was made from material in fair to poor condition and is missing perhaps 15 percent of the original.

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Release Date:

24 February 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gutter Bride See more »

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