The Little Diplomat (1919)

Comedy-drama | 15 June 1919

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HISTORY

The 28 Dec 1918 Motion Picture News announced the upcoming production, scenarized by Clara S. Beranger and Jack Cunningham, and based on a story by Burton George. Cast members were to include “Baby” Marie Osborne, Morris Foster, Ruth Kind, and Thomas Quinn , under the direction of William Bertram. An article in the 21 Jun 1919 Moving Picture World indicated that the writers had been replaced by Emma Bell Clifton, the director by Stuart Paton, and Miss Osborne’s co-stars by Betty Compson, Murdock MacQuarrie, William Welsh, Jack Connolly, and Maida Vale, among others. The African American child actor billed as “Little Sambo” was later known as either “Sunshine Sammy” or by his proper name, Ernie Morrison. During an interview for the 11 Jan 1919 Moving Picture World, Marie Osborne stated that principal photography was currently in progress, and she referred to actor Jack Connolly as her “leading man.”
       The Little Diplomat was released 15 Jun 1919, followed by a 6 Aug 1919 opening at the Sunbeam Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Reviews were mixed: While the 21 Jun 1919 Exhibitors Herald and Motography ranked the film as Miss Osborne’s best to date, the 31 May 1919 Motion Picture News claimed she was out of her element, with the assertion that “tender juveniles and crook melodramas don’t ... More Less

The 28 Dec 1918 Motion Picture News announced the upcoming production, scenarized by Clara S. Beranger and Jack Cunningham, and based on a story by Burton George. Cast members were to include “Baby” Marie Osborne, Morris Foster, Ruth Kind, and Thomas Quinn , under the direction of William Bertram. An article in the 21 Jun 1919 Moving Picture World indicated that the writers had been replaced by Emma Bell Clifton, the director by Stuart Paton, and Miss Osborne’s co-stars by Betty Compson, Murdock MacQuarrie, William Welsh, Jack Connolly, and Maida Vale, among others. The African American child actor billed as “Little Sambo” was later known as either “Sunshine Sammy” or by his proper name, Ernie Morrison. During an interview for the 11 Jan 1919 Moving Picture World, Marie Osborne stated that principal photography was currently in progress, and she referred to actor Jack Connolly as her “leading man.”
       The Little Diplomat was released 15 Jun 1919, followed by a 6 Aug 1919 opening at the Sunbeam Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Reviews were mixed: While the 21 Jun 1919 Exhibitors Herald and Motography ranked the film as Miss Osborne’s best to date, the 31 May 1919 Motion Picture News claimed she was out of her element, with the assertion that “tender juveniles and crook melodramas don’t mix.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
2 Aug 1919
p. 11
Exhibitors Herald and Motography
21 Jun 1919
p. 46
Exhibitors Trade Review
31 May 1919
p. 2015
Motion Picture News
28 Dec 1918
p. 3905
Motion Picture News
31 May 1919
p. 3664
Motion Picture News
21 Jun 1919
p. 4227
Moving Picture World
11 Jan 1919
p. 189
Moving Picture World
31 May 1919
p. 1395, 1397
Moving Picture World
21 Jun 1919
p. 1818
Wid's Daily
25 May 1919
p. 13
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 June 1919
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 6 Aug 1919
Production Date:
Dec 1918--Jan 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Exchange, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 May 1919
Copyright Number:
LU13750
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,620
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Antiques collector Bradley West agrees to adopt Little Marie, a French war orphan, to please his wife. Marie and a servant's son, George Washington Jones, Jr., irritate Bradley with their mischief until he hires Hulda, a governess who objects to Marie’s friendship with a black child. Marie attempts to placate Hulda by whitewashing George, then presents him at a tea party and shocks the guests. Bradley’s nephew and secretary, Trent Gordon, befriends Marie and she assists him in overcoming difficulties with his girl friend, Phyllis Dare. Unbeknown to the West family, Hulda, alias “Chicago Hattie,” is in league with a gang of thieves led by Raymond Brownleigh, intent on robbing Bradley’s safe. On the night of the burglary, the noise awakens Marie and she locks Brownleigh in the safe. Before the thief can make his escape, Trent captures the entire gang. Marie’s courage and resourcefulness win her the love of her foster father. ... +


Antiques collector Bradley West agrees to adopt Little Marie, a French war orphan, to please his wife. Marie and a servant's son, George Washington Jones, Jr., irritate Bradley with their mischief until he hires Hulda, a governess who objects to Marie’s friendship with a black child. Marie attempts to placate Hulda by whitewashing George, then presents him at a tea party and shocks the guests. Bradley’s nephew and secretary, Trent Gordon, befriends Marie and she assists him in overcoming difficulties with his girl friend, Phyllis Dare. Unbeknown to the West family, Hulda, alias “Chicago Hattie,” is in league with a gang of thieves led by Raymond Brownleigh, intent on robbing Bradley’s safe. On the night of the burglary, the noise awakens Marie and she locks Brownleigh in the safe. Before the thief can make his escape, Trent captures the entire gang. Marie’s courage and resourcefulness win her the love of her foster father. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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