6.0/10
600
12 user 5 critic

The Little American (1917)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 12 July 1917 (USA)
A young American has her ship torpedoed by a German U-boat but makes it back to ancestral home in France, where she witnesses German brutality firsthand.

Directors:

Cecil B. DeMille (uncredited), Joseph Levering (uncredited)

Writer:

Jeanie Macpherson (by)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A woman finds herself all alone in a remote harbor with the man responsible for the murder of her father. With seemingly nobody around to protect her, she has to be resourceful.

Director: David Hartford
Stars: Nell Shipman, Charles Arling, Wheeler Oakman
Besat (1999)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A man is found in an airport, dead of a mysterious disease. A race begins to save humanity from what could be a global plague.

Director: Anders Rønnow Klarlund
Stars: Ole Lemmeke, Kirsti Eline Torhaug, Ole Ernst
The Zone (2007)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Residents of an enclosed neighborhood in the middle of Mexico DF are shocked by a violent crime, and for one resident in particular, young Alejandro, the drama is ratcheted up when he encounters the lone kid who escaped the event and is hiding out within the neighborhood's borders.

Director: Rodrigo Plá
Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Daniel Tovar, Alan Chávez
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young man from the countryside of Marseille comes to the city, hoping to find a job. But circumstances will drive him to become a robber.

Director: Erick Zonca
Stars: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Yann Trégouët, Jean-Jérôme Esposito
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Little Sara Crewe is placed in a boarding school by her father when he goes off to war, but he does not understand that the headmistress is a cruel, spiteful woman who makes life miserable ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan
Stars: Mary Pickford, Norman Kerry, Katherine Griffith
Post Mortem (1999)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A mother who supports her child with a credit card scam and an accused rapist meet and form a unique bond.

Director: Louis Bélanger
Stars: Gabriel Arcand, Sylvie Moreau, Hélène Loiselle
Born to Win (1971)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A smart-mouthed junkie and loser known as J.J. (George Segal) spends his days looking for just "one more fix".

Director: Ivan Passer
Stars: George Segal, Paula Prentiss, Karen Black
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The young country doctor Dr. Robert Koch is desperate seeking a cure for a tuberculosis epidemic costing many children in his district life.

Director: Hans Steinhoff
Stars: Emil Jannings, Werner Krauss, Viktoria von Ballasko
Feast of Love (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A meditation on love and its various incarnations, set within a community of friends in Oregon. and is described as an exploration of the magical, mysterious and sometimes painful incarnations of love.

Director: Robert Benton
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Radha Mitchell, Alexa Davalos
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young girl travels west to live with her uncle during the California Gold Rush only to find that he has been killed by Indians and his identity assumed by an outlaw.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Mary Pickford, Elliott Dexter, Tully Marshall
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

With her family in financial difficulties, Rebecca is sent to live with her two strict, unfeeling aunts, who do not appreciate the young girl's charm and energy. Rebecca must make new ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan
Stars: Mary Pickford, Eugene O'Brien, Helen Jerome Eddy
Rails & Ties (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A deadly collision between a train and car lead to an unlikely bond between the train engineer and a young boy who escapes the carnage.

Director: Alison Eastwood
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden, Miles Heizer
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Angela Moore
Jack Holt ... Karl von Austreim
Raymond Hatton ... Count Jules de Destin
Hobart Bosworth ... German Colonel
Walter Long ... German Captain
James Neill ... Senator John Moore
Ben Alexander ... Bobby Moore
Guy Oliver ... Frederick von Austreim
Edythe Chapman ... Mrs. von Austreim
Lillian Leighton ... Angela's Great Aunt
DeWitt Jennings ... English Barrister
Edit

Storyline

German-American Karl and French-American Jules are in love with Angela when each returns to his country as war breaks out. She sails for France and while there is nearly raped by Karl as the Germans invade. She is later arrested for sending secret messages to Jules but Karl defends her. Both are saved from execution by the arrival of the French forces and Count Jules Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The silent sufferers. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pequena Americana See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$166,949 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mary Pickford Company See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Ramon Novarro. See more »

Goofs

When Angela is returning to her bedroom after taking of the German commander's boots, the shot of her approaching the door is shown twice. See more »

Quotes

Count Jules De Destin: Since you are determined to stay, Mademoiselle, you may render France a great service.
See more »

Alternate Versions

The George Eastman House version in their Motion Picture Study Collection has an uncredited piano score and runs 76 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"I stopped being neutral and became a human being!"
2 September 2008 | by Steffi_PSee all my reviews

With the US having recently entered the First World War, the country's best known and most popular director teamed with its most beloved actress to fire a cinematic salvo in this flag-waving adventure.

In style this is something of a departure for DeMille. He more or less abandons his use of long takes, painterly shot compositions and predominantly visual narrative, in favour of rapid editing and lots of expository intertitles. Of course this is purely pragmatic – it keeps the story moving along quickly and injects some excitement and tension into what is after all a propaganda piece. The heavier than usual use of intertitles also leaves no ambiguity about plot or character intention. Some of these editing patterns are quite effective – for example, the crosscutting used when the ocean liner is torpedoed. However fans of DeMille's early silents will probably find themselves missing the more considered approach they will be familiar with. This is certainly one of his least graceful films.

The fact that The Little American is more action-centred means it is less acting centred – there is not the same concentration on performance that you normally get with DeMille. For this reason this is not a particularly memorable role for Mary Pickford, and to be fair almost any actress could have played the part equally well. However the casting of Pickford would have been symbolic and psychologically effective at the time. Although the press had not yet labelled her America's sweetheart, she certainly occupied that position. Therefore DeMille did not have to go out of his way to endear the audience to the character of Angela Moore, because they had already formed an emotional attachment to Mary Pickford.

Regardless of how effective this picture was in its day it is really quite a mediocre effort when taken out of context. One interesting point though – the one scene in The Little American that really looks like the typical DeMille is the one in which Pickford and Holt take refuge in a ruined church below the effigy of Christ on the cross. Throughout the picture the stars and stripes is treated with the same reverence and significance DeMille might give to a crucifix. This picture is another small step towards the iconic imagery and preachiness that would characterise his work from the twenties onwards.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed