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D. Anthony Tauszky of Metro's art department painted backgrounds for a dream sequence over which the actors were double exposed. Sam Frank, a Chinese sketch artist, also contributed to the ... More Less

D. Anthony Tauszky of Metro's art department painted backgrounds for a dream sequence over which the actors were double exposed. Sam Frank, a Chinese sketch artist, also contributed to the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
26 Jul 19
p. 643.
MPN
2 Aug 19
p. 1135.
MPW
2 Aug 19
p. 713.
New York Morning Telegraph
28 Jun 19
p. 2001.
Variety
25 Jul 19
p. 45.
Wid's
20 Jul 19
p. 7.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Microbe" by Henry Altimus in Ainslee's Magazine (May 1919).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 July 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
28 July 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13998
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Happy O'Brien, called "The Microbe," or "Mike" for short, a female street urchin who sells newspapers dressed as a boy to avoid harassment, is saved from arrest for fighting other newsboys in Chinatown by wealthy author DeWitt Spense. DeWitt, there to purchase drugs, is so moved by Mike's pugnacity, that he takes her to his mansion for literary inspiration. When DeWitt learns that Mike is a girl, he resolves to educate her. As Mike blossoms, DeWitt's attentions turn to love, to the dismay of Judith Winthrope, who wants to marry him, and his friend Robert Breton, who, with Judith, convinces Mike that DeWitt's writing is suffering because of her. After Mike leaves and gets a job making artificial flowers, she writes DeWitt daily letters, signing them "Bianca," which inspire him to write a best selling novel of replies. Although DeWitt nearly marries Judith when she claims authorship of the letters, he weds Mike when he learns that she penned ... +


Happy O'Brien, called "The Microbe," or "Mike" for short, a female street urchin who sells newspapers dressed as a boy to avoid harassment, is saved from arrest for fighting other newsboys in Chinatown by wealthy author DeWitt Spense. DeWitt, there to purchase drugs, is so moved by Mike's pugnacity, that he takes her to his mansion for literary inspiration. When DeWitt learns that Mike is a girl, he resolves to educate her. As Mike blossoms, DeWitt's attentions turn to love, to the dismay of Judith Winthrope, who wants to marry him, and his friend Robert Breton, who, with Judith, convinces Mike that DeWitt's writing is suffering because of her. After Mike leaves and gets a job making artificial flowers, she writes DeWitt daily letters, signing them "Bianca," which inspire him to write a best selling novel of replies. Although DeWitt nearly marries Judith when she claims authorship of the letters, he weds Mike when he learns that she penned them. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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