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The film's working title was No Experience Required . Some scenes from the film were shot in the Wrigley Mansion in Pasadena, CA. The copyright register and the Var review cite Kull as director, but most contemporary reviews credit Morrissey. Notes appearing in Camera magazine indicate that Morrissey began directing but that Kull took over in late Aug or early Sep 1919, early in the production. Wid's credits Oswald with the cinematography, but the 6 Sep 1919 issue of Camera credits ... More Less

The film's working title was No Experience Required . Some scenes from the film were shot in the Wrigley Mansion in Pasadena, CA. The copyright register and the Var review cite Kull as director, but most contemporary reviews credit Morrissey. Notes appearing in Camera magazine indicate that Morrissey began directing but that Kull took over in late Aug or early Sep 1919, early in the production. Wid's credits Oswald with the cinematography, but the 6 Sep 1919 issue of Camera credits Fildew. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
30 Aug 19
p. 5.
Camera
6 Sep 19
p. 5, 8
Camera
27 Sep 19
p. 4.
Camera
17 Mar 19
p. 13.
ETR
6 Dec 19
p. 44.
MPN
13 Dec 19
p. 4330.
MPW
6 Dec 19
p. 672.
Variety
19 Dec 19
p. 44.
Wid's
7 Dec 19
p. 29.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "No Experience Required" by Frank R. Adams in in Munsey's Magazine (Jan 1917).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
No Experience Required
Release Date:
1 December 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 December 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14525
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Mary Murphy, the oldest waif in an orphanage, steals a dress and three dollars, then escapes to the city. Grosset, the superintendent of the institution, steals $10,000 on the same night, and Mary is suspected of the theft. Mary manages to get a job as assistant to entomologist William Saxton, after she disguises her appearance because the Professor dislikes pretty and fashionably dressed young ladies. Saxton's nephew David sees Mary's true beauty, however, and falls in love with her. Grosset arrives at the Professor's house and threatens to expose Mary. Mary discovers Grosset robbing the safe, but he places the blame on her. Saxton was actually hiding behind the curtain the whole time and heard the truth. Grosset is arrested, and Mary weds ... +


Mary Murphy, the oldest waif in an orphanage, steals a dress and three dollars, then escapes to the city. Grosset, the superintendent of the institution, steals $10,000 on the same night, and Mary is suspected of the theft. Mary manages to get a job as assistant to entomologist William Saxton, after she disguises her appearance because the Professor dislikes pretty and fashionably dressed young ladies. Saxton's nephew David sees Mary's true beauty, however, and falls in love with her. Grosset arrives at the Professor's house and threatens to expose Mary. Mary discovers Grosset robbing the safe, but he places the blame on her. Saxton was actually hiding behind the curtain the whole time and heard the truth. Grosset is arrested, and Mary weds David. +

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Subject (Major):

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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