A Good Little Devil (1914)

Fantasy | 1 March 1914

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HISTORY

The film was produced by arrangement with David Belasco. According to several sources, the film contained the "entire Broadway cast" of the Belasco production, although certain members of the theatrical version actually may not have been on screen. According to modern sources this was the first feature-length picture filmed by Pickford, although by the time of its release, Caprice , actually made later, had already been shown theatrically. The 1918 MPSD states that Danny "Kid" Hogan served on the film as either an actor, an assistant director, or ... More Less

The film was produced by arrangement with David Belasco. According to several sources, the film contained the "entire Broadway cast" of the Belasco production, although certain members of the theatrical version actually may not have been on screen. According to modern sources this was the first feature-length picture filmed by Pickford, although by the time of its release, Caprice , actually made later, had already been shown theatrically. The 1918 MPSD states that Danny "Kid" Hogan served on the film as either an actor, an assistant director, or both. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
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MPN
27 Dec 13
p. 23.
MPW
26 Jul 13
p. 407.
MPW
7 Mar 14
p. 1249.
NYDM
30 May 14
p. 1318.
NYDM
4 Mar 14
p. 31, 33
Variety
13 Mar 14
p. 23.
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LITERARY
Based on the play Un bon petit diable by Rosemond Gérard, Maurice Rostand (Paris, 22 Dec 1911) as adapted by Austin Strong under the title A Good Little Devil (New York, 18 Jan 1913).
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 March 1914
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Charles MacLance, a mischievious little boy sent to live with his cruel aunt, Mrs. MacMiche, takes his happiness from the make-believe world of fairies which he has created with Juliet, a little blind girl. When Charles' aristocratic grandfather dies, however, he is sent away to an expensive school, in preparation for his adult life as a lord. As he grows up, he forgets Juliet and his make-believe friends, and becomes engaged to a fashionable society girl, but the soul of his former self leaves him to rejoin the good fairies. Meanwhile, Mrs. MacMiche has come to believe in fairies, and in her new goodness, she asks Charles to come and live with her again. At first reluctant, Charles soon resurrects fond memories of the past. Juliet, whose sight has been restored, helps him to complete his change, and he asks her to marry him. In the end, the couple live happily with Mrs. MacMiche in their fantasy ... +


Charles MacLance, a mischievious little boy sent to live with his cruel aunt, Mrs. MacMiche, takes his happiness from the make-believe world of fairies which he has created with Juliet, a little blind girl. When Charles' aristocratic grandfather dies, however, he is sent away to an expensive school, in preparation for his adult life as a lord. As he grows up, he forgets Juliet and his make-believe friends, and becomes engaged to a fashionable society girl, but the soul of his former self leaves him to rejoin the good fairies. Meanwhile, Mrs. MacMiche has come to believe in fairies, and in her new goodness, she asks Charles to come and live with her again. At first reluctant, Charles soon resurrects fond memories of the past. Juliet, whose sight has been restored, helps him to complete his change, and he asks her to marry him. In the end, the couple live happily with Mrs. MacMiche in their fantasy world. +

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