Little Miss Smiles (1922)

Melodrama | 15 January 1922

Director:

John Ford

Cinematographer:

David Abel

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title for this film was Little Aliens. The 8 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News referred to it by that title when reporting that Jack Strumwasser and Dorothy Yost had recently completed continuity for the picture. Production was underway by late Sep 1921, as indicated in the 24 Sep 1921 issue of Camera. Filming took place at Fox Film Corp.’s studio in Hollywood, CA, and was still underway in late Oct 1921, according to the 29 Oct 1921 Camera. The 26 Nov 1921 issue reported a title change to Her Loved One, but the film was released as Little Miss Smiles.
       According to a 15 Oct 1921 Camera brief, actress Violet Radcliffe was cast in the role of a Jewish girl.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of October 2019. ...

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The working title for this film was Little Aliens. The 8 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News referred to it by that title when reporting that Jack Strumwasser and Dorothy Yost had recently completed continuity for the picture. Production was underway by late Sep 1921, as indicated in the 24 Sep 1921 issue of Camera. Filming took place at Fox Film Corp.’s studio in Hollywood, CA, and was still underway in late Oct 1921, according to the 29 Oct 1921 Camera. The 26 Nov 1921 issue reported a title change to Her Loved One, but the film was released as Little Miss Smiles.
       According to a 15 Oct 1921 Camera brief, actress Violet Radcliffe was cast in the role of a Jewish girl.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of October 2019.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
24 Sep 1921
p. 4
Camera
15 Oct 1921
p. 6
Camera
29 Oct 1921
p. 10
Camera
26 Nov 1921
p. 7
Casper Star-Tribune [Casper, WY]
19 Jan 1922
p. 4
Exhibitors Herald
15 Oct 1921
p. 53
Exhibitors Herald
4 Feb 1922
p. 58, 60
Exhibitors Trade Review
18 Feb 1922
p. 867
Film Daily
22 Jan 1922
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Jacksonville Daily Journal [Jacksonville, IL]
18 Jan 1922
p. 2
Motion Picture News
8 Oct 1921
p. 1896
Motion Picture News
15 Oct 1921
p. 2015
Motion Picture News
24 Dec 1921
p. 82
Motion Picture News
7 Jan 1922
p. 419
Motion Picture News
4 Feb 1922
p. 894, 899
Moving Picture World
28 Jan 1922
p. 428
Moving Picture World
11 Feb 1922
p. 656
Tri-County Banner [Knightstown, IN]
13 Jan 1922
p. 4
Variety
10 Feb 1922
p. 34
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Jack Ford
Dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Little Aliens by Myra Kelly (New York, 1910).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Her Loved One
Little Aliens
Release Date:
15 January 1922
Premiere Information:
Knightstown, IN, opening: 14 Jan 1922
Production Date:
began late Sep 1921
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
William Fox
15 January 1922
LP17483
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,884
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

The Aaronson family, who live in a New York tenement, suffer many hardships according to their station in life, but their worst sorrow occurs when Mama Aaronson is diagnosed as going blind. While Davie wishes to become a prizefighter, his parents strenuously object to his ambition. On the other hand, their cheerful young daughter Esther is beloved by a popular young doctor, Jack Washton. Davie falls into bad company and shoots a gangster who insults his sister; he is eventually cleared of the crime, however, and Esther marries Dr. ...

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The Aaronson family, who live in a New York tenement, suffer many hardships according to their station in life, but their worst sorrow occurs when Mama Aaronson is diagnosed as going blind. While Davie wishes to become a prizefighter, his parents strenuously object to his ambition. On the other hand, their cheerful young daughter Esther is beloved by a popular young doctor, Jack Washton. Davie falls into bad company and shoots a gangster who insults his sister; he is eventually cleared of the crime, however, and Esther marries Dr. Jack.

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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