The Little Princess (1917)

Drama | 5 November 1917

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HISTORY

The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News reported that exterior scenes were being shot that week in San Francisco, CA. According to the 1 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News, the cast and crew had difficulty dealing with crowds gathering on the streets to see Mary Pickford.
       Howard Hawks, in an interview, noted that besides being the assistant director on this film, he directed for the first time when director Marshall Neilan became incapacitated. He claimed to have shot a double-exposed scene in which Mary Pickford, in a dual role, follows herself into a room, and one in which a doll, in stop motion, enters a room.
       The film was copyrighted under the title The Little Princess. The novel Sara Crewe was the source of the play The Little Princess, which opened in New York on 14 Jan 1903. This film was remade by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. and released in 1939. It was directed by Walter Lang and starred Shirley Temple (see ... More Less

The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News reported that exterior scenes were being shot that week in San Francisco, CA. According to the 1 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News, the cast and crew had difficulty dealing with crowds gathering on the streets to see Mary Pickford.
       Howard Hawks, in an interview, noted that besides being the assistant director on this film, he directed for the first time when director Marshall Neilan became incapacitated. He claimed to have shot a double-exposed scene in which Mary Pickford, in a dual role, follows herself into a room, and one in which a doll, in stop motion, enters a room.
       The film was copyrighted under the title The Little Princess. The novel Sara Crewe was the source of the play The Little Princess, which opened in New York on 14 Jan 1903. This film was remade by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. and released in 1939. It was directed by Walter Lang and starred Shirley Temple (see entry). More Less

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
12 Jan 1918
p. 479.
Motion Picture News
25 Aug 1917
p. 1310.
Motion Picture News
1 Sep 1917
p. 1486.
Motion Picture News
1 Dec 1917
p. 3858.
Moving Picture World
1 Dec 1917
p. 1332.
New York Times
12 Nov 1917
p. 12.
NYDM
13 Jan 1917
p. 189, 239, 279
Variety
16 Nov 1917
p. 53.
Wid's
22 Nov 1917
pp. 745-46.
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 November 1917
Production Date:
summer 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Artcraft Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 October 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11640
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Captain Richard Carewe, a wealthy British officer stationed in India, sends his daughter Sara to Miss Minchin's school in London to be educated. Dubbed "the Little Princess" because of her father's vast wealth, Sara soon plunges to the position of scullery maid when news arrives of the captain's death and the loss of her fortune. Mistreated by Miss Minchin, Sara comforts fellow slavey Becky with fairy stories. John Carrisford, an old friend of the captain's, comes to live in the house next door. Unaware that Sara is there, Carrisford sympathizes with the lonely waifs and decides to provide them with a merry Christmas. Carrisford and his servant Ram Dass set a sumptuous feast for the girls in the attic, and Sara and Becky are about to dig in when Miss Minchin enters and punishes them. Carrisford interferes, and it develops that Crewe's alleged worthless investment has become successful, and Sara is again an heiress. Carrisford takes charge of Sara and Becky and all ends ... +


Captain Richard Carewe, a wealthy British officer stationed in India, sends his daughter Sara to Miss Minchin's school in London to be educated. Dubbed "the Little Princess" because of her father's vast wealth, Sara soon plunges to the position of scullery maid when news arrives of the captain's death and the loss of her fortune. Mistreated by Miss Minchin, Sara comforts fellow slavey Becky with fairy stories. John Carrisford, an old friend of the captain's, comes to live in the house next door. Unaware that Sara is there, Carrisford sympathizes with the lonely waifs and decides to provide them with a merry Christmas. Carrisford and his servant Ram Dass set a sumptuous feast for the girls in the attic, and Sara and Becky are about to dig in when Miss Minchin enters and punishes them. Carrisford interferes, and it develops that Crewe's alleged worthless investment has become successful, and Sara is again an heiress. Carrisford takes charge of Sara and Becky and all ends happily. +

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