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Mary, Queen of Tots (1925)

A couple makes dolls modeled on neighborhood kids. A gardener at a mansion buys four of them for Mary, the girl of the house. He's her only friend: her parents neglect her for work and card... See full summary »

Director:

Robert F. McGowan

Writers:

Hal Roach (story), H.M. Walker (titles)
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Credited cast:
Joe Cobb ... Joe (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Condon ... Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mickey Daniels ... Mickey / Knight in Dream Sequence (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina / Assistant in Dream Sequence (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Kornman ... Mary / Princess in Dream Sequence (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chester A. Bachman ... Officer
May Beatty ... Governess
John S. Daggett John S. Daggett ... Uncle John
Richard Daniels Richard Daniels ... Kindly Gardener
Jack Davis Jack Davis ... Knight in Dream Sequence
James Finlayson ... Radio Station Actor
Helen Gilmore ... Dollmaker's Wife
Lyle Tayo ... Mrs. Newman, Mary's Mother
Charley Young Charley Young ... Dollmaker
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A couple makes dolls modeled on neighborhood kids. A gardener at a mansion buys four of them for Mary, the girl of the house. He's her only friend: her parents neglect her for work and card games and her governess is humorless. Mary loves the dolls and dreams of them during her nap. While Mary sleeps, the governess throws the dolls in the dust bin. Mary wakes and goes searching - outside she runs into the very same four kids who were the dolls' models, and she thinks she's still dreaming. She invites them back to the mansion where she'll either make fast friends or the gang will need to make a fast getaway when the governess finds them. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The costliest and most elaborate "Our Gang" comedy ever made. (Print Ad- Easton Free Press, ((Easton, Penna.)) 5 December 1925)

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Family | Comedy | Short

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Debut of actress May Beatty. See more »

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Spoofs The Loves of Mary, Queen of Scots (1923) See more »

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Well worth seeing!
4 March 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Like many of the Little Rascals silent films, the kids and their lives were not consistent. This isn't a complaint but an observation that in a couple films I've seen, one of the gang has inexplicably been very rich....whereas in almost all their other films they all come from poorer families. In one, Joe Cobb came from rich but neglectful parents and in this one, Mary has parents who are, again, rich but emotionally neglectful. Instead of raising her themselves, the parents have their own lives and leave Mary to a cruel governess...and the child is miserable. In fact, the only one who seems to care about the child is the gardener...which is pretty pathetic.

The sweet gardner is concerned about her and buys her a set of dolls...dolls that actually bear an amazing likeness to the Our Gang kids. Soon, Mary begins reading all sorts of stories of adventure, knights and the like...and imagines that the dolls come to life and share the adventures with her. This is pretty pathetic and instead of seeing the film as comedy, I am sure many will find it heartbreaking. Later, the dolls all come to life and they made this illusion by using HUGE sets with huge furniture...much like the Roach Studio later did with the Laurel & Hardy short, "Brats". You aren't sure if this is real...or perhaps a dream, as Mary snoozes as the dolls play about in her room. The effect is very striking, by the way...an excellent job by the film crew...and it must have been fun for the kids playing on such a set. And, it's worth seeing the short just for these incredible scenes. What's next? Well, the evil governess finds the dolls and tosses them in the trash!! What's next? See the film...but rest assured...the guilty will be punished and the shorts always have a happy ending.

So is this one any good? Well, it's pretty obvious if you've watched many of the silent Our Gang comedies that the answer is yes. Not only are the doll scenes incredibly well done, the ending is hilarious...so funny I won't mention it here


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Release Date:

23 August 1925 (USA) See more »

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Mary's Dream See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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