Review: ‘Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm’

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm moves along in perfect unison, devoid of padding, minus the wastage of one foot of film, engrossing and impressive, yet with perfect accord in its relation to suspense and cumulative appeal.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm moves along in perfect unison, devoid of padding, minus the wastage of one foot of film, engrossing and impressive, yet with perfect accord in its relation to suspense and cumulative appeal.

In adapting the Kate Douglas Wiggin book for the screen, Frances Marion wrought well. The original story has been retained, with the necessary elaboration. Compared with the dramatic production, which was excellently done, the screen version seems magnitudinous. The story is of Rebecca, a member of a large family, who is sent to the home of her aunts for rearing, ultimately inheriting their estate, and, incidentally, marrying the finest young man in the town. It attained its great popularity through its fidelity in picturing the atmosphere of New England.

Mary Pickford plays as she never played before, varying lights and shades to elicit the major interest, tearful at one moment and laughing the next. Her support is flawless, embodying many artists of repute.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Production

Artcraft. Director Marshall Neilan; Screenplay Frances Marion; Camera Walter Stradling

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Available on DVD. Extract of a review from 1917. Running time: 74 MIN.

With

Mary Pickford Eugene O'Brien Helen Jerome Eddy Charles Ogle Marjorie Daw Mayme Kelso
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