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Little Annie Rooney

1925 1h 35m Comedy Drama List
60% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 60% Audience Score 50+ Ratings A New York urchin (Mary Pickford) and her big brother avenge the shooting of their policeman father (Walter James). Read More Read Less

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Robert E. Sherwood LIFE It is not pleasant to record that Mary Pickford has descended to the level of her numerous imitators, but that is the sad truth as revealed in Little Annie Rooney. Oct 6, 2021 Full Review Craig Schroeder Battleship Pretension Uneven second half notwithstanding, Little Annie Rooney is an exciting comedy, thankfully saved from the carnage of time. Jan 7, 2021 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jun 25, 2005 Full Review Steve Crum Kansas City Kansan One of Pickford's best silents still entertains Rated: 4/5 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Little Annie Rooney and Pickford are insidious in how they sneak up on you, and you find yourself involved in the proceedings before you know what's happening to you. Rated: 4/5 May 19, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member First I loved the old NYC features of the lower East Side prior to the destruction of the tenements. The stereotypes in the flick were hysterical but would be intolerable today: black kid with afro flying, wimp Jew kid and father orthodox, Irish, etc. (except for the Italian guy - all flip pizza or sell fruits with thick mustache (watch children's shows created or run by Jewish). Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member The remastered and digitized version, copyrighted in 2014 by the Mary Pickford Foundation, contains an entirely new sound score, much more in syncophony with the film than the original score. TCM is now showing this version of the film, which may change your mind about silent movies. This one was difficult to stop watching. Great acting by Pickford and William Haines. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a charming silent film. My only complaint is that Mary Pickford doesn't look 12 at all. But, it's fun and worth watching. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member The best comedy movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Even at 5'1" and 33 years old, Mary Pickford pulls off the part of the 12 year old daughter of a policeman pretty well, and this is a silent film worth seeing. She looks a little out of place in the madcap early scenes where rival gangs are brawling and hurling a flurry of bricks at one another (think a slightly harder edged version of Little Rascals), but she's also pretty cute all wound up and throwing haymakers. The film includes Asian, Jewish, African-American, Greek, and Irish characters, and while there is a cringe-inducing scene where the black boy dances "the shimmy" in a grass skirt, stereotypes are reasonably contained. Nevertheless, these scenes with the gang were my least favorite, and they are a bit on the long side. Where the film picks up is with little Annie Rooney's home life. Walter James is great as her even-keeled father, and the scenes of sibling rivalry with her older brother (Gordon Griffith) are cute. The other actors seem to tower over the petite Pickford, and I have to believe they made some of the furniture larger than normal to help her pull of the role. Director William Beaudine also takes advantage of the beautiful sets that were built, and captures some nice city shots. I don't want to spoil the plot, accept to say it takes an unexpected dramatic turn, and that made it interesting for me. Pickford was a powerful force in Hollywood in 1925, and it's fascinating to me that she produced, wrote, and then took the part at her public's request. Four years later she was still pulling off a role of much younger woman in Coquette, a film I liked a little more, and so it's surprising that just four years after that, in 1933, she would play her final part as an actress. She had a rough time of it in life thereafter, battling alcoholism and depression. It seems this film captures her at the height of her powers, when she was on top of the world, and that adds to its charm for me. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member A great film which should be required of all teenagers to watch & discuss. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A New York urchin (Mary Pickford) and her big brother avenge the shooting of their policeman father (Walter James).
Director
William Beaudine
Screenwriter
Mary Pickford
Production Co
Mary Pickford Company
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 30, 2016
Runtime
1h 35m
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