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The comic strip character "Little Annie Rooney" was drawn by several artists, beginning in 1927 with Ed Verdier, who signed his name "Verd." A series of comic books and "little big books" based on the character began in 1935. Max Fleischer produced a cartoon short entitled "Little Annie Rooney" in 1931 that also was inspired by the comic.
       According to news items, M-G-M purchased the rights to the comic strip in 1935, intending to produce a feature starring Jane Withers. That film was never made, though the 1935 Fox film Ginger, directed by Lewis Seiler and starring Withers and Jackie Searl, had an early working title of Little Annie Rooney and at one time may have been intended as an adaptation of the comic strip. The plot of the 1942 United Artists release Miss Annie Rooney, directed by Edwin L. Marin and starring Shirley Temple and George Murphy, bears some resemblance to Little Annie Rooney, but they are otherwise unrelated (see ... More Less

The comic strip character "Little Annie Rooney" was drawn by several artists, beginning in 1927 with Ed Verdier, who signed his name "Verd." A series of comic books and "little big books" based on the character began in 1935. Max Fleischer produced a cartoon short entitled "Little Annie Rooney" in 1931 that also was inspired by the comic.
       According to news items, M-G-M purchased the rights to the comic strip in 1935, intending to produce a feature starring Jane Withers. That film was never made, though the 1935 Fox film Ginger, directed by Lewis Seiler and starring Withers and Jackie Searl, had an early working title of Little Annie Rooney and at one time may have been intended as an adaptation of the comic strip. The plot of the 1942 United Artists release Miss Annie Rooney, directed by Edwin L. Marin and starring Shirley Temple and George Murphy, bears some resemblance to Little Annie Rooney, but they are otherwise unrelated (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
24 oct 1925
p. 25.
Film Daily
25 Oct 1925
p. 6.
Moving Picture World
31 Oct 1925
p. 717.
New York Times
19 Oct 1925
p. 26.
Photoplay
Oct 1925
p. 50.
Variety
21 Oct 1925
p. 34.
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LITERARY
Based on the comic strip "Little Annie Rooney," drawn by Ed Verdier, owned and copyrighted by King Features Syndicate, Inc. (10 Jan 1927--1966).
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 October 1925
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 October 1925
Copyright Claimant:
Mary Pickford Co.
Copyright Date:
8 September 1925
Copyright Number:
LP21807
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
8,850
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Little Annie Rooney, the daughter of a policeman, divides her time between getting into mischief and caring for her father and her brother, Tim. Annie's father is killed in a gang brawl, and Annie and Tim become intent on revenge. When they learn that Joe Kelly, the apple of Annie's eye, has been blamed for the murder, Tim takes his father's gun and shoots him. Meanwhile, in the company of a band of neighborhood ruffians, Annie captures the real killer. Annie goes to the hospital where Joe lies fighting for his life and consents to a blood transfusion that saves him. Joe recovers and goes into the trucking business; Tim becomes a traffic ... +


Little Annie Rooney, the daughter of a policeman, divides her time between getting into mischief and caring for her father and her brother, Tim. Annie's father is killed in a gang brawl, and Annie and Tim become intent on revenge. When they learn that Joe Kelly, the apple of Annie's eye, has been blamed for the murder, Tim takes his father's gun and shoots him. Meanwhile, in the company of a band of neighborhood ruffians, Annie captures the real killer. Annie goes to the hospital where Joe lies fighting for his life and consents to a blood transfusion that saves him. Joe recovers and goes into the trucking business; Tim becomes a traffic cop. +

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