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The Poor Little Rich Girl

Released Mar 5, 1917 1h 5m Comedy Drama List
Reviews 74% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Gwen's (Mary Pickford) family is rich, but she is lonely and unhappy until a servant's mistake changes everything. Read More Read Less

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Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Grim tale of neglected rich girl is best in strange fantasy sequences. Jan 1, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The Poor Little Rich Girl tells the story of an 11-year-old girl (played by Mary Pickford) who is neglected by her rich and busy parents who only care about themselves and is left in the care of empathy lacking domestic workers at the family's mansion. While casting Mary Pickford (a 25-year old at the time) to portray an 11-year old girl was questionable due to the fact it couldn't have worked out, this movie still got it done thanks to her incredibly believable performance. Mary Pickford managed to come off as innocent and sweet. What also made this work was an impressive production design thanks to the production designer and director Maurice Tourneur that gave audiences the "child" illusion that was enhanced with specially scaled sets and props that made Mary Pickford look smaller and convinced audiences that she is actually an 11-year old girl. The Poor Little Rich Girl is a sympathetic yet whimsical film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member The best, GREATEST movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member If there was a reasonable way to explain Alice In Wonderland, here it is. Being special is lonely, and a little girl realises how limited life is for her and why she must adapt to her new way of living. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the assured flops for Mary Pickford's Career according to the Studio Executives but to their surprise (and Mary's) this film was a smash hit & earned Mary the largest box office success in her career till then. The story of a young rich girl who has everything but the love of her wealthy & distracted parents. I believe Mary Pickford was in her mid 20's when she made this film playing an 11 year old with ease. Although extremely sentimental this film has some very odd Fantasy Sequences & really demonstrates how electric Mary was on screen. Thankfully a beautiful tinted print is on DVD now & looks great considering it will be 100 years old next year. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review david l The Poor Little Rich Girl has very charming Mary Pickford in the central role, some very inventive intertitle design, entertaining and endearing plot filled with a couple of funny as well as intriguing fantasy sequences, but the script is too simplistic with some unbelievable, head-scratching dialogue and the editing is problematic because the whole picture is very abrupt, short and rushed. It is charming, involving and very modern in some regards, but it's a deeply flawed film nevertheless with a troubling script and too short running time. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member My first silent film and it was better than I expected. Mary Pickford was really good & I see why she was famous during the silent film era. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Gwen's (Mary Pickford) family is rich, but she is lonely and unhappy until a servant's mistake changes everything.
Maurice Tourneur
Adolph Zukor
Frances Marion
Production Co
Artcraft Pictures Corporation
Comedy, Drama
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 5, 1917, Original
1h 5m