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Coquette (1929)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 6 April 1929 (USA)
A flirtatious Southern belle is compromised with one of her suitors.


Sam Taylor


George Abbott (based on the stage production by), Ann Preston Bridgers (based on the stage production by) | 3 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Norma Besant
Johnny Mack Brown ... Michael Jeffery (as John Mack Brown)
Matt Moore ... Stanley Wentworth
John St. Polis ... Dr. John Besant
William Janney ... Jimmy Besant
Henry Kolker ... Jasper Carter
George Irving ... Robert Wentworth
Louise Beavers ... Julia


Norma Besant, daughter of a Southern doctor, is an incorrigible flirt and has many boys on her string. She begins to favor Michael Jeffrey, who, shiftless and hot-tempered but fundamentally honorable, is warned off by her father. When Michael returns after a long absence, the pair are innocently compromised, and Dr. Besant's old-South paternal rage brings tragedy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Her Passionate Love for a Boy of the Hills Brings Tragedy to Two Men! A New Role for the New Mary! (Print Ad- Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 18 May 1929) See more »


Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


The play originally opened in New York on November 8, 1927 at Maxine Elliott's Theatre, with Helen Hayes in the title role. It ran for 366 performances. See more »


Norma Besant: We just naturally seem to have a lot to say to one another, don't we? I always did think you were interesting.
Michael Jeffery: Why, you haven't known me, but about two weeks.
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Featured in The 40th Annual Academy Awards (1968) See more »


(1916) (uncredited)
Written by Ada De Lachau
Sung in part by uncredited actor
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Pickford leads a fine cast
28 February 2017 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

In watching 'Coquette', you have to cut it some slack for having been made in 1929, when acting was generally hammy and plots were a little thin. Mary Pickford does her share of over-emoting, but she also has a couple of brilliant scenes while grieving, really letting go, and showing she was ahead of her time as an actor. At 37, she also pulls off the look of a young flapper, and is so cute with her short hair and standing 5'1". John St. Polis plays the part of her father well, the Southern gentleman who must look out for the family's honor, and who detests her love interest, played by Johnny Mack Brown. The two of them also have some powerful scenes as emotions overheat. I also loved the snippets of dancing scenes we get to see, they are so energetic and really convey what we think of about the 1920's. At the beginning of the film, I was put off by its slow start and the spotty quality of the film after all these years, particularly when it was hard to understand the dialogue. If you feel the same, I would recommend sticking with it. It's flawed and not going to be your favorite film of all time or anything, but it's worth spending the 75 minutes to watch Pickford and the rest of this cast.

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Release Date:

6 April 1929 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$489,106 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Pickford Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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