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The Hoodlum (Silent)

Starring: Mary Pickford Director: Sidney Franklin
"America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford stars in this dramatic and warmhearted story of a wealthy girl's fight to survive in the ghetto.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 18 minutes
  • Video: Color
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  • Originally Released: 1915
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

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Socialite Amy Burke lives in spoiled seclusion in the uptown mansion of her millionaire grandfather, Alexander Guthrie. She has a fight with the old man, and goes to live with her father in a tenement on the Bowery. At first Amy is disgusted by her impoverished neighbors,but eventually she assimilates and begins to make new friends. Her grandfather visits to see how the girl is doing and is shocked to find her shooting craps and living like a hoodlum. But when Amy reaches out to save a sick destitute mother who cannot feed her children, Alexander begins to see his granddaughter in a whole new light.

Mary Pickford, "America's Sweetheart" one of the most popular and highly paid actresses of the silent era, was a co-founder of the United Artists studio and one of the founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She would star in 52 features and win the 1929 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Coquette, before the advent of sound would force her into retirement. The Hoodlum was handsomely produced by her own Mary Pickford Company.

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Amy Burke (Mary Pickford) is as spoiled, temperamental and contrary a lass as her grandfather, Alexander Guthrie (Ralph Lewis), is ruthless and cutthroat a businessman. Amy is bored with the privileged life on Riverside Drive, so when her father, John Burke (Dwight Crittenden), returns to New York, she demands that she go with him instead of traveling through Europe with her grandfather. It comes as a shock to Amy that her father, a writer, is living in a tenement and that she has lost all the perks she had as a child of wealth. But soon she adjusts to life in the slums, wearing loud, mismatched outfits and shooting craps with the best of the kids. And through fraternizing with neighbors, such as the ever-battling Pat O'Shaughnessy (Andrew Arbuckle) and Abram Issacs (Max Davidson) and the nice, but mysterious John Graham (Kenneth Harlan), she learns to be a real person. Watching over the transformation is her grandfather, who has come in disguise to keep an eye on her. But his own transformation is not complete until one night, when Amy and John -- who is now her beau -- break into the Guthrie residence in search of papers which were falsely used to send him to prison. Although they are caught, Guthrie not only forgives them, he consents to their marriage. This was the second of three films Pickford made for First National. In spite of the stellar cast, and the help of director idney A. Franklin and screenwriter Frances Marion, this picture -- based on Burkses' Amy by Julie M. Lippman -- is not one of Pickford's very best. Amy is far too nasty at the beginning, and it takes the audience quite a few reels to forgive her ill-tempered antics.

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Criminals | Ireland | Melodrama | Poverty | Silent
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  • Sales Rank: 15,004
  • UPC: 089218696199
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