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Sources call this a Mary Pickford production without specifying the exact name of her company. During 1918, Pickford's production company was called variously the Mary Pickford Film Co., and Pickford Film Corp. The novel How Could You, Jean? originally appeared in serial form in a popular magazine. Sources conflict concerning the name of the character played by Mabelle Harvey. According to reviews and Paramount publicity, the character was named "Susan Trent." However, the continuity in the Paramount studio records lists the character name as "Susan ... More Less

Sources call this a Mary Pickford production without specifying the exact name of her company. During 1918, Pickford's production company was called variously the Mary Pickford Film Co., and Pickford Film Corp. The novel How Could You, Jean? originally appeared in serial form in a popular magazine. Sources conflict concerning the name of the character played by Mabelle Harvey. According to reviews and Paramount publicity, the character was named "Susan Trent." However, the continuity in the Paramount studio records lists the character name as "Susan Cooper." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
29 Jun 18
p. 322.
MPN
29 Jun 18
p. 3874, 3945
MPW
29 Jun 18
p. 1888, 1899
New York Times
1 Jul 18
p. 9.
NYDM
29 Jun 18
p. 927.
Variety
5 Jul 18
p. 31.
Wid's
16 Jun 18
pp. 23-24.
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 June 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 June 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12496
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,750
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Jean Mackaye, a pretty and resourceful young woman, discovers that she has lost her fortune, she dresses in Salvation Army clothing and secures a job in the Bonner home as a Swedish cook. Mr. and Mrs. Bonner, an elderly couple preoccupied with the study of insects, are too busy to notice that their Swedish hired man Oscar is falling in love with Jean. Soon, however, Ted Burton, the son of a cranky old millionaire, falls so deeply in love with her that he convinces Oscar to resign and applies for the position himself. Burton, Sr., anxious to discover the reason for his son's odd behavior, becomes a boarder in the house. Following a series of adventures in which Jean saves the old man's life, Burton blesses the union of his son and the "Swedish ... +


When Jean Mackaye, a pretty and resourceful young woman, discovers that she has lost her fortune, she dresses in Salvation Army clothing and secures a job in the Bonner home as a Swedish cook. Mr. and Mrs. Bonner, an elderly couple preoccupied with the study of insects, are too busy to notice that their Swedish hired man Oscar is falling in love with Jean. Soon, however, Ted Burton, the son of a cranky old millionaire, falls so deeply in love with her that he convinces Oscar to resign and applies for the position himself. Burton, Sr., anxious to discover the reason for his son's odd behavior, becomes a boarder in the house. Following a series of adventures in which Jean saves the old man's life, Burton blesses the union of his son and the "Swedish cook." +

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