The Big Little Person (1919)

Drama | May 1919

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7 Jun 19
pp. 3805-06.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Big Little Person by Rebecca Lane Hooper Eastman (New York, 1917).
DETAILS
Release Date:
May 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
20 May 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13732
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Arathea Manning loses her hearing during an epidemic of scarlet fever among the children she teaches, her fiancé Arthur Endicott, who is involved with another woman, complains of always having to shout to make himself heard. An inventor, Gerald Staples, gives Arathea an auriphone, a device to restore her hearing, but one of her problem pupils, in a fit of rage, breaks it. Gerald asks Arathea, whom he calls "The Big Little Person -- small in size, but big in ideas," to be the secretary of his new company marketing the invention. He falls in love with her and plays the piano for her even though she hears only rumblings. Arthur, frustrated and jealous of Gerald, grinds the ring he gave Arathea under his heel, causing her to faint and gash her head. When Gerald finds her, he comforts her by playing the piano and they discover that the fall has restored her ... +


After Arathea Manning loses her hearing during an epidemic of scarlet fever among the children she teaches, her fiancé Arthur Endicott, who is involved with another woman, complains of always having to shout to make himself heard. An inventor, Gerald Staples, gives Arathea an auriphone, a device to restore her hearing, but one of her problem pupils, in a fit of rage, breaks it. Gerald asks Arathea, whom he calls "The Big Little Person -- small in size, but big in ideas," to be the secretary of his new company marketing the invention. He falls in love with her and plays the piano for her even though she hears only rumblings. Arthur, frustrated and jealous of Gerald, grinds the ring he gave Arathea under his heel, causing her to faint and gash her head. When Gerald finds her, he comforts her by playing the piano and they discover that the fall has restored her hearing. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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