Coquette (1929)



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Mary Pickford's first role in a talkie won an Oscar for her performance as a wealthy flapper from the South. Norma Besant (Pickford) has fallen in love with a man (Johnny Mac Brown) much less than her equal in economic class, and her father (John St. Polis) strenuously objects.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Allen McNeil, John Wesley Grey, Sam Taylor
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 1993



as Stanley

as Dr. Besant

as Jasper

as Robert

as Dr. John Besant
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All Critics (3)

Vet silent actress Mary Pickford won her first and Only Best Actress Oscar for this melodrama, done better on stage with Helen Hayes.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010

The film is very stagy, the characters don't move around a lot, there is little editing within the scene, and the actors overact.

Full Review… | May 7, 2006
Goatdog's Movies

I guess 1929 audiences knew a stinker when they saw one coming. There is very little to criticize in Coquette, because there is so little in it, period.

Full Review… | January 23, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Coquette


Terrible, overwrought early talkie with a head scratcher of an Oscar winning performance from Mary Pickford. She's at least a decade and a half too old for her part and tries to compensate with preciousness. It doesn't work.

jay nixon

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Interesting early talkie starring silent screen star "Little Mary" Pickford. She plays a Southern Belle type who loves a man her father hates and has forbidden her to associate with. When the father takes care of business his way, Mary is faced wth dilemma of lying about her beau to save her father or stick by her love and watch Dad go to prison. The acting was still very much in the silent style, with lots of extreme facial expressions and mannerisms. But the story was OK, and I had never seen Mary Pickford in a film before. She overacts somewhat, but if you squint your eyes just right, she was still pretty convincing. An interesting little piece of melodrama.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

I finally see the great Canadian Pickford on the big screen. Not bad but not particularly memorable either.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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