The Poor Little Rich Girl Reviews
The story of a young rich girl who has everything but the love of her wealthy & distracted parents. I believe Mary Pickford was in her mid 20's when she made this film playing an 11 year old with ease.
Although extremely sentimental this film has some very odd Fantasy Sequences & really demonstrates how electric Mary was on screen. Thankfully a beautiful tinted print is on DVD now & looks great considering it will be 100 years old next year.
Compellingly conveys the importance of a mother & father being present in the life of a child. The moral that loved ones are more important than money.
One of the morals that I didn't really buy into was the idea that poverty is somehow the key to human happiness. Or that only through not having the responsibilities of rich people can you get a true fix on human emotion & zest of life. That only people who have nothing can have everything & people who have everything really have nothing. Someone "grinding out money" does not automatically make them a bad parent. That whole caricature is absurd to me.
Mary Pickford's acting & charm are really on display here. She cannot be given too much credit for her wonderfully believable portrayal of an 11 year old girl, despite being in her 20s. She was so watchable, one understands how she was America's first sweetheart. A precursor to Shirley Temple.
Love the fantasy sequences. Some great costume design and special effects for its day.
The story is a bit choppy at times. New scenes just pop out of nowhere occassionally. They're all interesting, but I'd have appreciated a bit more flow to the narrative.
The story is a memorable one. And one sees traces of it in film & TV even today.