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Zander the Great (1925)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 2 May 1925 (USA)
Mamie, an orphan girl who was abused in the orphanage, is taken in by Mrs. Caldwell, a kindly woman with a young son named Alexander. Mamie hits it off with the lad, and nicknames him "... See full summary »


George W. Hill (as George Hill)


Frances Marion (adaptation), Salisbury Field (from the Stage Success by) (as Edward Salisbury Field)


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Cast overview:
Marion Davies ... Mamie Smith
Holbrook Blinn ... Juan Fernández
Harrison Ford ... Dan Murchinson
Harry Watson ... Good News
Harry Myers ... Texas
George Siegmann ... Black Bart
Emily Fitzroy ... The Matron
Hobart Bosworth ... The Sheriff
Richard Carle ... Mr. Pepper
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Caldwell
Jack Huff Jack Huff ... Zander (as Master Jack Huff)
Olin Howland ... Elmer Lovejoy (as Olin Howlin)
Josephine Crowell ... Orphanage Trustee


Mamie, an orphan girl who was abused in the orphanage, is taken in by Mrs. Caldwell, a kindly woman with a young son named Alexander. Mamie hits it off with the lad, and nicknames him "Zander". When Mrs. Caldwell dies, the authorities decree that the boy must be placed in the same orphanage where Mamie was mistreated. Horrified, Mamie determines to see to it that the boy will be spared the same treatment that she had to suffer. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

2 May 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alejandrito Magno See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$264,738, 31 December 1926
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1.33 : 1
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One of three feature films Marion Davies starred in with Harrison Ford. See more »

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From Pigtails to Curls
11 June 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In a New Jersey orphanage, pigtailed Marion Davies (as Mamie Smith) causes a slapstick ruckus; consequently, she is brutally abused. Then, Ms. Davies' luck changes; and, she is sent to the loving home of motherly Hedda Hopper (as Edith Caldwell). Ms. Hopper's husband is away, on an extended trip to Mexico. So, Davies helps raise Hopper's baby into cute young Jack Huff (as Alexander "Zander" P. Caldwell Jr.). The years are kind to Davies, who grows from freckles and pigtails to beautiful complexion and curls. When Hopper passes away, Davies must fulfill a promise to find Huff's father, but the wicked orphanage from her past declares custody. Davies takes the boy, and sets off to meet adventure, danger, and Harrison Ford.

The odd title "Zander the Great" refers to the Greek leader Alexander the Great; to wit, Davies shortens little Alexander's name to Zander because, "Alexander is such a big name for a weenie baby." Davies spends the much of the picture made-up like Mary Pickford (a road taken by many, to be fair). The comedy and drama don't mix very well; as usual, Davies is better with the former. Finally, the movie becomes a western.

Director George Hill and the MGM team do some nice work; especially, the beginning scenes with Davies, and the ending expiration scenes featuring George Siegmann (as Black Bart).

The sexual prowess of rabbits is a tiresome source of amusement.

This was a big 1923 Broadway success for Alice Brady.

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