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Fanchon, the Cricket (1915)

A young wild girl Fanchon ( Mary Pickford ) lives in a forest with her eccentric grandmother who is suspected by the villagers of being a witch. The unkempt Fanchon suffers from her ... See full summary »


James Kirkwood


James Kirkwood, George Sand (novel)


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Cast overview:
Mary Pickford ... Fanchon - the Cricket
Jack Standing ... Landry Barbeau
Lottie Pickford ... Madelon
Gertrude Norman Gertrude Norman ... Old Fadette
Russell Bassett ... Landry's Father
Dick Lee ... Didier (as Richard Lee)
Jack Pickford


A young wild girl Fanchon ( Mary Pickford ) lives in a forest with her eccentric grandmother who is suspected by the villagers of being a witch. The unkempt Fanchon suffers from her grandmother's sorceress reputation. One day the girl rescues a boy from drowning and they fall in love, but Fanchon won't agree to marry him unless his father asks her. A year later the boy has fallen very ill and it is only the presence of the enchanting Fanchon that helps to restore his health. Written by Pamela Short

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10 May 1915 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Fox considered remaking this film starring Shirley Temple in Mary Pickford's role. See more »


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Pickford rarity is no classic
23 March 2014 | by pfors-647-501497See all my reviews

A rare screening of this obscure Mary Pickford title was one of the most anticipated events from the 2014 Cinefest in Syracuse, N.Y., but, as is so often the case, rarity doesn't equate with quality. The film, lamely directed by James Kirkwood, lacks technique. Kirkwood keeps the actors grouped in tight bunches, more like a faithful sheepdog than a movie director, reflecting none of the dynamic energy of films from the same period produced under the auspices of D.W. Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille and Thomas Ince. The lovely and entrancing Pickford is always worth watching, but her role here doesn't provide enough dramatic weight, and nothing she does lingers in the memory except for a lively scrap with her real-life brother, Jack Pickford, who plays a bratty villager. Mary's rather homely sister, Lottie, also has a role, making this picture perhaps the only extant example of all three Pickford siblings appearing in the same film.

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