A Little Girl in a Big City (1925)

Melodrama | 1925

Director:

Burton King

Writer:

Victoria Moore

Cinematographers:

C. J. Davis, Jack Young

Production Company:

Lumas Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The earliest verified production of the James Kyrle MacCurdy's play was on 12 Nov 1915, when it played in New York. A Little Girl in a Big City also opened in various cities throughout the East and Mid-West from mid-Nov 1915 on, possibly with the New York cast moving from city-to-city. A novelization of the play was also published in 1915. ...

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The earliest verified production of the James Kyrle MacCurdy's play was on 12 Nov 1915, when it played in New York. A Little Girl in a Big City also opened in various cities throughout the East and Mid-West from mid-Nov 1915 on, possibly with the New York cast moving from city-to-city. A novelization of the play was also published in 1915.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Brooklyn Standard Union
19 Feb 1926
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Film Daily
25 Oct 1925
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Motion Picture News
14 Nov 1925
p. 2357
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Supv
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play A Little Girl in a Big City, a Play in Four Acts by James Kyrle MacCurdy (New York, c. 1909).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
1925
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Lumas Film Corp.
20 July 1925
LP21660
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Mary Barry, a pretty and innocent smalltown girl, wins a beauty contest in Gay Life and goes to New York to meet D. V. Cortelyou, the magazine's publisher. Greatly taken with the young girl, Cortelyou arranges for her to live with Dolly Griffith, a woman of questionable reputation who often aids him in his nefarious schemes of blackmail and seduction. At a large party, ostensibly in Mary's honor, Cortelyou obtains some seemingly compromising evidence with which to blackmail Mrs. Young, the wife of a wealthy broker; Cortelyou then makes rough advances toward Mary, and one of his assistants, Jack McGuire, gives him a sound thrashing. Threatened with blackmail, Mrs. Young turns in desperation to Jack for help. Jack and Mary attempt to trap Cortelyou in a net of his own making, but the blackmailer is too smart, outwitting Jack and abducting Mary. Cortelyou also kidnaps Mrs. Young, keeping her and Mary in a deserted house. Jack learns of their whereabouts and arrives with a contingent of police. Cortelyou is arrested, Mrs. Young is saved from the consequences of scandal, and Jack proposes to ...

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Mary Barry, a pretty and innocent smalltown girl, wins a beauty contest in Gay Life and goes to New York to meet D. V. Cortelyou, the magazine's publisher. Greatly taken with the young girl, Cortelyou arranges for her to live with Dolly Griffith, a woman of questionable reputation who often aids him in his nefarious schemes of blackmail and seduction. At a large party, ostensibly in Mary's honor, Cortelyou obtains some seemingly compromising evidence with which to blackmail Mrs. Young, the wife of a wealthy broker; Cortelyou then makes rough advances toward Mary, and one of his assistants, Jack McGuire, gives him a sound thrashing. Threatened with blackmail, Mrs. Young turns in desperation to Jack for help. Jack and Mary attempt to trap Cortelyou in a net of his own making, but the blackmailer is too smart, outwitting Jack and abducting Mary. Cortelyou also kidnaps Mrs. Young, keeping her and Mary in a deserted house. Jack learns of their whereabouts and arrives with a contingent of police. Cortelyou is arrested, Mrs. Young is saved from the consequences of scandal, and Jack proposes to Mary.

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