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My Best Girl (1927)

March 15, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “UCLA Festival of Preservation.”

My Best Girl (1927)
Directed by Sam Taylor.

After nearly 15 years as the silver screen’s reigning “Queen of the Movies,” Mary Pickford lovingly concluded her silent movie career with one of her best films—the utterly charming romantic comedy, My Best Girl. Featuring future husband Charles “Buddy” Rogers as her leading man, Pickford shines as a department store Cinderella who falls in love with the owner’s son, once again exhibiting the wide-ranging talent that had made her a sensation the world over.

Director: Sam Taylor. Production: Mary Pickford Corp. Distribution: United Artists Corp. Screenwriters: Allen McNeil, Tim Whelan. Based on the story My Best Girl by Kathleen Norris. Cinematographer: Charles Rosher. Cast: Mary Pickford, Sunshine Hart, Lucien Littlefield, Carmelita Geraghty, Hobart Bosworth.

35mm, b/w, silent, approx. 90 min.

Preceded by
The Son’s Return (1909)
Directed by D.W. Griffith.

This recently re-discovered Biograph short features Mary Pickford in her second major screen role. In it, she plays Mary, the sweetheart of a country innkeeper’s son who makes it big in the city. After five years, he returns to his poverty-stricken parents, who do not recognize him and plot to rob their own son.

Production: The Biograph Company. Screenwriter: D.W. Griffith. Cast: Herbert Prior, Anita Hendrie, Mary Pickford, Harry Solter, Mack Sennett.

DCP, b/w, silent, 11 min.


A Manly Man (1911)
Directed by Thomas H. Ince.

Of the over 30 one-reelers Mary Pickford made in Cuba for Carl Laemmle’s Independent Motion Pictures Company, A Manly Man is one of few that survives today. Pickford plays Lola, a young Filipino woman who falls in love with Duncan (William E. Shay), a Caucasian man sent to her village on business.

Production: Independent Moving Pictures Co. of America. Distribution: Motion Picture Distributors and Sales Company, Universal Film Manufacturing Co. Producer: Carl Laemmle. Cinematographer: Tony Gaudio. Cast: William E. Shay, Mary Pickford, Owen Moore, Isabel Rea, Charles Arling.

35mm, b/w and tinted, silent, approx. 12 min.

Live musical accompaniment provided by Cliff Retallick.

In-Person: Jere Guldin, senior film preservationist, UCLA Film & Television Archive.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.! UCLA Festival of Preservation Passes available for $50.

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More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


March 15, 2015
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States