Suds (January 27, 1920)

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Mary Pickford in Suds
 

Released on January 27, 1920: A poor young scrub girl working in a French laundry in London imagines that a handsome young nobleman will discover her and give her a life of champagne and riches.

Produced by Mary Pickford

Directed by John Francis 'Jack' Dillon

The Actors: Mary Pickford (Amanda Afflick), Albert Austin (Horace Greensmith), Harold Goodwin (Benjamin Pillsbury Jones), Rose Dione (Madame Jeanne Gallifilet Didier), Darwin Karr (the Archduke), Taylor N. Duncan (unknown), Joan Marsh (unknown), Nadyne Montgomery (unknown), Theodore Roberts (unknown), Hal Wilson (unknown)

 
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Imagination is God's Greatest Gift

The defining text card in this adventure reads: Imagination is God's Gift . . . Even a hungry flea on a toy dog may be happy - with imagination! As a young fellow one of my favorite television shows was the Carol Burnett Show, featuring the comedy antics of Carol Burnett and her cast of characters. The image that still sticks in my mind from the show is the image of beautiful Carol Burnett dressed as a poor scrub woman with a mop and bucket of scrub water. After watching the beautiful Mary Pickford, the girl with the golden hair, looking positively poor and homely in this movie I wonder if Carol Burnett got her tips on how to turn a beautiful girl into a homely girl without beauty by watching Mary Pickford in Suds. In this romantic comedy America's sweetheart is made to look like a poor British waif working in a hot hand laundry in the basement of a London building. One day while alone in the laundry a handsome fellow named Horace drops off a striped shirt to be laundered and laundry girl Amanda is instantly in love with the handsome stranger. She imagines that he is 'Sir' Horace Greensmith and dreams that when he returns for his freshly laundered shirt and sees her he will take her away from the hot laundry and she will become a lady of leisure. Unfortunately, months pass and the fellow never returns for his shirt . . . and laundry girl Amanda goes on imagining that the handsome Horace will return and take her away from her life of drudgery. Amanda tells her scoffing scrub women co-workers that she is really the daughter of an Archduke who has told her that she must work with the common girls to find a true-love that will love her for herself and not for her wealth. She imagines that one day Sir Horace will come in and take her away from her poor common life and make her a 'lady' of the highest order. The question that must be answered in this romantic comedy is . . . will a young scrub girl's dreams of becoming a lady and the object of desire for Sir Horace become reality? . . . Will she move magically from poverty to riches like her vivid imagination might suggest? Will the poor scrub girl Amanda realize her champagne dreams? Will poor scrub girl Amanda ever find a man who will love her for who she is? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Albert Austin
Albert Austin
Albert Austin and Mary Pickford
Albert Austin and Mary Pickford
Albert Austin
Albert Austin
Darwin Karr and Mary Pickford
Darwin Karr and Mary Pickford
Darwin Karr
Darwin Karr
Harold Goodwin
Harold Goodwin
Harold Goodwin
Harold Goodwin
Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford and Albert Austin
Mary Pickford and Albert Austin
Mary Pickford and Harold Goodwin
Mary Pickford and Harold Goodwin
Mary Pickford in Suds
Mary Pickford in Suds
Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford being strangled by the laundry owner
Mary Pickford being strangled by the laundry owner
Mary Pickford and Albert Austin
Mary Pickford and Albert Austin
Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
Rose Dione and Mary Pickford
Rose Dione and Mary Pickford
Rose Dione
Rose Dione