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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 22 September 1917 (USA)
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 »

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Marshall Neilan
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mary Pickford ... Rebecca Randall
Eugene O'Brien ... Adam Ladd
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Hannah Randall
Charles Ogle ... Mr. Cobb
Marjorie Daw ... Emma Jane Perkins
Mayme Kelso ... Jane Sawyer
Jane Wolfe ... Mrs. Randall (as Jane Wolff)
Josephine Crowell ... Miranda Sawyer
Jack McDonald Jack McDonald ... Reverend Jonathan Smellie
Violet Wilkey Violet Wilkey ... Minnie Smellie
F.A. Turner ... Mr. Simpson (as Frank Turner)
Kate Toncray Kate Toncray ... Mrs. Simpson
Emily Gerdes Emily Gerdes ... Clara Belle Simpson (as Emma Gordes)
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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 friends and must adjust to surroundings that are sometimes difficult. But she still finds time to think of numerous ways to help others in her new hometown. Written by Snow Leopard

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The end of Rebecca's circus career.

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Comedy | Drama

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le petit démon See more »

Filming Locations:

Pleasanton, California, USA

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Production Co:

Mary Pickford Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was Milton Berle's first film. See more »

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Featured in The 48th Annual Academy Awards (1976) See more »

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Mary Pickford is a Joy to Watch
25 January 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is an ideal role for Mary Pickford, and she is quite a joy to watch. Young, lively "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" is innocent but not naive; she is charming and warm, but at the same time more than capable of taking care of herself, too - thus the character has all the qualities that Pickford excelled at portraying on screen. It was probably a pretty easy role for her to play, but the result is a delightful little comic melodrama that gives you a good idea of why Pickford came to be so wildly popular in her time.

The story follows the old-fashioned novel fairly closely, beginning with Rebecca sent to live with her two stern, joyless aunts in a new town. Much of the story's appeal lies in the ways that Rebecca responds to her new acquaintances and surroundings, and this is something Pickford does extremely well. Whether sizing up a new girl at school, or simply responding to the decorations in her aunts' home, she is convincing, captivating, sympathetic, and often very funny. And as for comedy, the wonderful circus sequence alone would make the movie worth watching.

It's hard to find this film now, but it's well worth the trouble. Perhaps from a detached point of view, this might not be considered a great movie, since the plot is somewhat predictable and very old-fashioned. But it's a thoroughly pleasurable, thoughtful film, and one filled with fine moments.


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