Mickey (August, 1918)

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Mickey
 

Released in August, 1918: Mickey is a tom-boy girl who owns half of a no-good gold mine and falls in love with a stranger who later becomes engaged to Mickey's cousin.

Directed by F. Richard Jones and James Young

The Actors: Mabel Normand (Mickey), George Nichols (Joe Meadows), Wheeler Oakman (Herbert THornhill), Minta Durfee (Elsie Drake), Laura La Varnie (Mrs. Geoffrey Drake), Lew Cody (Reggie Drake), Tom Kennedy (Tom Rawlings), Minnie Devereaux (Minnie, housekeeper), Joe Bordeaux (stage driver), William Colvin (butler), Edgar Kennedy (stage driver and bookie), Larry Lyndon (grocer), Eva Thatcher (cook)

 

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Cinderella and the Gold Mine

In August of 1918, with World War I raging in Europe, Sergeant York and five more U.S. soldiers fighting in France were surrounded by German troops . . . while five of the soldiers watched, Sergeant York shoots twenty German soldiers and captures 132 more, becoming a living military legend. Back home folks went to the theater to watch new-fangled moving pictures, and this week there was a story featuring several names that would become stars in the coming years, including Lew Cody, comedian Edgar Kennedy, Wheeler Oakman, and character actor Tom Kennedy. Sometimes in the very early silent full length movies there are more twists and turns to the plot than one can count, including an exciting car vs train chase scene. If I were to try to describe every turn of events in this Cinderella story it would take me longer to explain them than for you to just watch for yourself. Mabel Normand, already a veteran actress at the age of 24, plays the part of Mickey, a rough and tumble tom-boy whose father is dead. Her father and another man were partners in a gold mine, and the partner does his best to bring up Mickey along with housekeeper Minnie (yeah, that's right . . . 1918 . . . Walt Disney was 17 years old and taking art courses at the Chicago Art Institute after school. And do ya think that he might have taken a Saturday afternoon off to go to the movies and watch Mickey and Minnie in this adventure? I wonder . . . anyway, Mickey's guardian sends her back east to her aunt on Long Island who is a society lady with no money, but who has high hopes for her young daughter, trying to get her to go after gold mine owner Herbert Thornhill, played by Wheeler Oakman. Meanwhile Thornhill goes west to inspect his mine and runs into Mickey and they fall in love immediately, but are soon parted never to meet again . . . maybe. When Auntie learns that Mickey is half owner of a California gold mine she begs her to come to Long Island, hoping to soak her for some of her wealth. After Mickey gets there Auntie learns that the mine is a bust and Mickey is broke, so she forces Mickey to be the household slave, scrubbing and doing all of the dirty work around the house. Of course her dream man returns to Long Island and the same night he gets engaged to Auntie's gold-digging daughter he discovers that Mickey, the girl he fell in love with in the California gold mine country is there, and they renew their love for each other. Auntie is mad that Mickey might be competition for her daughter's hooks in the man, so she sends Mickey back to California . . . and then learns that Mickey's mine has hit a rich gold vein and Mickey is a millionaire. Now Auntie must quickly get Mickey back again and suck up to her. Dizzy yet? I haven't even mentioned some of the plot twists, and there are many more to come before Cinderella Mickey gets her man and lives happily ever after. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

George Nichols and Mabel Normand
George Nichols and Mabel Normand
George Nichols is hugged by Mabel Normand
George Nichols is hugged by Mabel Normand
George Nichols in the motion picture Mickey
George Nichols in the motion picture Mickey
Laura La Varnie and George Nichols
Laura La Varnie and George Nichols
Laura La Varnie, Mabel Normand and George Nichols
Laura La Varnie, Mabel Normand and George Nichols
Laura La Varnie and Minta Durfee
Laura La Varnie and Minta Durfee
Laura La Varnie in the movie Mickey
Laura La Varnie in the movie Mickey
Lew Cody hits on Mabel Normand
Lew Cody hits on Mabel Normand
Lew Cody as Reggie Drake in the movie Mickey
Lew Cody as Reggie Drake in the movie Mickey
Mabel Normand and Larry Lyndon
Mabel Normand and Larry Lyndon
Mabel Normand and Wheeler Oakman
Mabel Normand and Wheeler Oakman
Mabel Normand at the party
Mabel Normand at the party, sees her lover Herbert
Mabel Normand as tom-boy Mickey
Mabel Normand as tom-boy Mickey
Minnie Devereaux as Minnie, and Mabel Normand as Mickey
Minnie Devereaux as Minnie, and Mabel Normand as Mickey
Minnie Devereaux gets a new hat
Minnie Devereaux gets a new hat
Minnie Devereaux in the movie Mickey
Minnie Devereaux in the movie Mickey
Tom Kennedy in 1918 as lawyer Tom Rawlings
Tom Kennedy in 1918 as lawyer Tom Rawlings
Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy
Wheeler Oakman and Tom Kennedy
Wheeler Oakman and Tom Kennedy
Wheeler Oakman as gold mine owner Herbert Thornhill
Wheeler Oakman as gold mine owner Herbert Thornhill
Wheeler Oakman on the stage coach heading to California
Wheeler Oakman on the stage coach heading to California
Wheeler Oakman
Wheeler Oakman