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Little Annie Rooney (1925)

Unrated | | Drama, Comedy | 18 October 1925 (USA)
The tenements are home to an international community, including the friends and family of a tough young ragamuffin named Annie Rooney, but their neighborhood may be threatened by a dangerous street gang.


William Beaudine


Mary Pickford (by) (as Catherine Hennessey), Hope Loring (adaptation) | 1 more credit »


Complete credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Little Annie Rooney
William Haines ... Joe Kelley
Walter James Walter James ... Officer Rooney
Gordon Griffith ... Tim Rooney
Carlo Schipa Carlo Schipa ... Tony
Spec O'Donnell ... Abie
Hugh Fay Hugh Fay ... Spider
Vola Vale ... Mamie
Joe Butterworth Joe Butterworth ... Mickey
Oscar Rudolph Oscar Rudolph ... Athos
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OUR MARY - As you like her best--a broth of a brat ready to fight at the drop of the hat--and drop the hat! See more »


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Did You Know?


The film was restored in 2014 from Mary Pickford's personal 35mm tinted nitrate print and contains longer scenes, different camera set-ups and better shots of Mary as well as special tinting effects not seen in any previously available versions. The new restoration was first shown as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual "Mary Pickford Celebration of Silent Film." Film historian and author Jeffrey Vance hosted the event and discussed Pickford and the film. Michael Pogorzelski, director of the Academy Film Archive, spoke of the film's restoration process. See more »


When the kids decide to put on a play, there's a close-up of the title on the sign: "The Sheriff and His Faithful Horse." But then in long shot, it reads, "Deadeye Dick and His Horse." See more »


Little Annie Rooney: Never - never no more?
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Alternate Versions

The print shown on Turner Classic Movies prior to October 4, 2016 was a restored version (by Karl Malkames) copyrighted in 1976 by Killiam Shows, Inc. and distributed by Blackhawk Films. It had an original piano score by William Perry and ran 94 minutes. See more »


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Full of "schmaltz" but still quite entertaining
26 September 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Mary Pickford plays Annie Rooney--the daughter of a cop that lives in the tough part of town. She is a rough and tumble young lady of indeterminate age (somewhere between 12 and 16) who loves to scrap but down deep has a heart of gold.

This is a very typical style of film for Mary Pickford. Like so many of her films, she plays a young girl--even though she was nearly 40 when she made LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY. And, like so many other stories, she was both plucky and courageous. As a result, I had a strong feeling of déjà vu. Now if you haven't seen her other films, this isn't an issue. However, she is essentially playing a character much like the one in SPARROWS or DADDY LONG LEGS--though these two other films are a lot better. Now this isn't to say this is a bad film--just that it's certainly not among her best work--mostly due to a rather "schmaltzy" story that is very heavy on sentiment but not especially convincing. Entertaining but not essential viewing unless you are a huge fan of the silents.

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