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The Little American (July 12, 1917)

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Mary Pickford is The Little American
 

Released on July 12, 1917: Mary Pickford is a U.S. Senator's daughter who gets caught up in The Great War in France and is sentenced to death by firing squad.

Produced by Cecil B. DeMille and Mary Pickford

Directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Joseph Levering

The Actors: 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), Edyth Chapman (Mrs. von Austeim), Lillian Leighton (Angela's Great Aunt), DeWitt Jennings (English Barrister), Wallace Beery (German soldier), Olive Corbett (nurse), Lucile Dorrington (nurse), Clarence Geldart (u-boat submarine Commander), Carl Gerard (the Reverend), Robert Gordon (wounded soldier), Gordon Griffith (child), Norman Kerry (wounded soldier), Charles L. MacDonald (wounded soldier), Colleen Moore (nurse), Bernard Niemeyer (wounded soldier), Ramon Novarro (wounded soldier), Sam Robinson (Noah), Marian Swayne (Lindy Gray), Mrs. Allen Walker (nurse), Sam Wood (wounded soldier)

 

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The Great War

"You have forfeited your rights as an American . . . it is the sentence of this court that you be immediately shot!" With those words young Mary Pickford, playing the part of a U.S. Senator's daughter Angela Moore is taken to a wall where soldiers line up and aim their rifles at her . . . The First World War, or The Great War, began on the 28th day of July, 1914, and didn't end until November 1918 - after this movie was produced. This story brought the Great War to American audiences at a time when American husbands, sons and brothers were still fighting in Europe, so it was like fresh news in a time when news took many weeks or months to travel around the world. The legendary Cecil B. DeMille and super-star Mary Pickford together produced this story of war during the war, and it shows us a hundred years later their thoughts on the Great War, as it was still being fought. Angela Moore is the daughter of a U.S. Senator in 1914, just before the Great War began, and she has two suitors . . . One is Karl von Austreim, a fellow with a German father and an American mother, and Angela's other suitor is Count Jules de Destin, a fellow of French descent. As we watch, France and Germany go to war against each other and both of her suitors return to their home country to fight for their nation. Angela is in love with Karl, who is fighting for the Germans, and by 1917 . . . today, as the movie is being shown in American theaters . . . Today Angela writes a letter to Karl telling him that she is taking a steam ship to Europe to visit him. Angela's ship is sunk by a German U-boat on the way over, and she manages to land in France on one of the lifeboats, and makes her way to her aunt in Vangy, France. When she arrives at the Chateau Vangy, home of her aunt, she is informed that her aunt has died and that she is now Lady Vangy. Soon the German army reaches the Chateau and takes it over as their front line headquarters. Angela has allowed a French soldier to stay at the Chateau with a secret telephone to alert the French whenever the Germans approach, but he is killed as the Germans take over the Chateau. Eventually Angela uses the phone to tell the French army about the German occupation an the location of the German guns, and is caught by her boyfriend Karl, and is sentenced to die immediately by firing squad. Taken outside the Chateau she is placed against an outer wall of the mansion and German soldiers line up with rifles loaded and aimed directly at the little American. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

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