Review: ‘My Best Girl’

Plenty of hoke in this Mary Pickford [based on a novel by Kathleen Norris]. It's the old tear-behind-the-smile, clean, wholesome, family type of fun.

Plenty of hoke in this Mary Pickford [based on a novel by Kathleen Norris]. It’s the old tear-behind-the-smile, clean, wholesome, family type of fun.

Mary is the brains and character of an incompetent, shiftless but well-meaning family. The father is a mail carrier, a creature of habit and pressure. The mother, like certain women characters in Dickens, has a penchant for funerals – anybody’s and all funerals. The other sister is a hotsy-totsy, and keeps company with a shady gent.

Mary is a stock girl in the five-and-ten. She falls in love with a new clerk, not knowing he is the son of the owner. The boy is betrothed to a society miss, but the father insists he makes some sort of a showing in the store before engagement is announced.

The cast is good. Charles Rogers overcomes his good looks with a display of naturalistic humanness. Pickford is her usual sweet and likable self.

My Best Girl

Production

Pickford/United Artists. Director Sam Taylor; Producer Mary Pickford; Screenplay Hope Loring, Allen McNeil, Tim Whelan; Camera Charles Rosher; Art Director John Schulze

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1927. Running time: 64 MIN.

With

Mary Pickford Charles 'Buddy' Rogers Sunshine Hart Lucien Littlefield Carmelita Geraghty
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