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Molly O' (1921)

An Irish washerwoman's daughter falls in love with one of America's most eligible bachelors, much to the dismay of the girl's parents -- and the young doctor's newly acquired fiancée! ... See full summary »

Director:

F. Richard Jones

Writers:

John Grey (titles), Mary Hunt | 2 more credits »
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Mabel Normand ... Molly O'Dair
Jack Mulhall ... Dr. John S. Bryant
George Nichols ... Tim O'Dair
Anna Dodge Anna Dodge ... Mrs. Tim O'Dair (as Anna Hernandez)
Albert Hackett Albert Hackett ... Billy O'Dair
Jacqueline Logan ... Miriam Manchesteer
Eddie Gribbon ... Danny Smith
Lowell Sherman ... Fred Manchester
Ben Deeley Ben Deeley ... Albert Faulkner
Eugenie Besserer ... Antonia Bacigalupi
Gloria Davenport Gloria Davenport ... Mrs. James W. Robbins
Carl Stockdale ... The Silhouette Man
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An Irish washerwoman's daughter falls in love with one of America's most eligible bachelors, much to the dismay of the girl's parents -- and the young doctor's newly acquired fiancée! Events come to a head at the charity masked ball, which the two girls happen to attend in very similar costumes, thanks to the largesse of Molly's benevolent "fairy godfather"; Molly is mistaken for her rival, much to the indignation both of her working-class would-be suitor and the doctor's would-be bride. However, the repercussions that follow serve only to thrust her into her dream man's arms, and all looks set for a fairytale ending... until the disgruntled rival finds a way to get back at Molly through her family... Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rêve de seize ans See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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At the opening of this silent film at the Central Theatre (Broadway and 47th St., NYC) the program included an Overture entitled "Molly O", conducted by Frank Cork; violin selections by Dr. Carlos Demandil (with Emil Freidberger at the piano; and selections by baritone Alexander Grey. The presentation was under the direction of Al Lichtman. See more »

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Molly O (I Love You)
lyric by James C. Emery, music by Norman McNeil, c. 1921
'Suggested by Mack Sennett's dramatic production of the same name starring Mable Normand "A First National Attraction"'
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A Work in Progress
23 July 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The work meant here is the work of restoring this movie, since it did not exist in any sort of coherent form for many decades -- until the folks at UCLA got their hands on a version that the Soviet film archives, Gosfilmfond had held for many years, intended as a feature on how the upper classes in America mistreat the lower classes -- from which they had removed all the jokes. UCLA turned out a version that could be followed, including a lot of stills, in 2001, but more clips have been identified and they intend to continue working at building up a comprehensive version.

And well they should, since Mabel Normand gives a wonderful performance and the script makes a good deal of sense. Molly is the daughter of a working man who is dissatisfied with the life she sees in front of her. Her father is a good man, but has his own ideas of what is proper, and Molly wants more: love, respect and a useful life. Her only confidante is a man who makes silhouettes, played with compassion by George Stockdale, who acts as Molly's fairy godfather in this Cinderella story. Yes, it is incomplete, and the missing sections make one ache for what is gone, just like the restored edition of Capra's LOST HORIZONS. But the warmth of the performances make up for a lot.

The one real trouble is that a tacked-on thrill ending, involving a daring parachute leap from a dirigible... clearly tacked onto a complete and charming story.

I look forward to seeing further restoration work on this movie. Even as it exists, it shows a good deal of charm. The performances are excellent. What a pleasure to see Miss Normand actually act!


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