My Best Girl
Judith Rosenberg on piano
Mary Pickford, Charles Rogers, Sunshine Hart, Lucien Littlefield,
“We Are All One Big Family,” goes the generous motto of Merrill’s department store. But what if the owner’s son, disguised as a humble trainee, falls for a shopgirl whose family lives in a ramshackle cottage worlds away from the Merrills’ palatial manse? Such is the dilemma of this charming Cinderella comedy that pits ostentatious wealth against vulgar poverty and finds that love conquers both. The romance benefits from a crackling chemistry between Mary Pickford (in her last silent film role) and her costar, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, who later became her third husband.
The Son's Return
D. W. Griffith, US, 1909
A Manly Man
Thomas H. Ince , US, 1911
Pickford portrays a Filipina in love with an American man in this rare short shot in Cuba.