My Best Girl

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Mary Pickford stars as the "Miss Fix-it" for her eccentric family. Pickford's job at a dime-store keeps her postman dad (Lucien Littlefield), addlepated mom (Sunshine Hart) and loose-living sister (Carmelita Geraghty) from going under. She falls in love with handsome Charles "Buddy" Rogers, never dreaming that the boy is the son of store-owner Hobart Bosworth. The "meeting cute" scene between Pickford and Rogers has been so often excerpted in silent-movie compilations that it's possible many viewers have it ...
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Mary Pickford stars as the "Miss Fix-it" for her eccentric family. Pickford's job at a dime-store keeps her postman dad (Lucien Littlefield), addlepated mom (Sunshine Hart) and loose-living sister (Carmelita Geraghty) from going under. She falls in love with handsome Charles "Buddy" Rogers, never dreaming that the boy is the son of store-owner Hobart Bosworth. The "meeting cute" scene between Pickford and Rogers has been so often excerpted in silent-movie compilations that it's possible many viewers have it memorized. Based on a story by Kathleen Norris, My Best Girl served to introduce Mary Pickford to future-husband Rogers (they were wed nearly a decade later). Lucien Littlefield, the "old codger" who plays Pickford's father, was in reality three years younger than Pickford!
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
At age 34, Mary Pickford was perhaps a bit long in the tooth to play an innocent department store stock-room girl in this, her final silent film. In an obvious attempt to duplicate the success of the much younger Colleen Moore, who had made such Cinderella stories her specialty, Pickford took the unusual step of actually working as a sales clerk, incognito of course, in order to get a feel for her character. Added to cameraman Charles Rosher's loving soft-focus and Mary's unerring ability to make the right acting choices, the "training" apparently made all the difference and Pickford is never less than believable. A straightforward story that brought back memories of an earlier, less strenuous era, My Best Girl presented Pickford as Maggie Johnson, the lowest member of the extended Merrill five-and-dime "family." Opening with a long, brilliantly executed montage and brimming with memorable moments, My Best Girl, although no masterpiece, almost gives credence to Pickford's oft quoted -- and tongue in cheek -- remark that "It would have been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talkie instead of the other way round." That life in this instance actually imitated art makes the film even more satisfying: Ten years later, Pickford would marry her young My Best Girl co-star, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, a union that would last a lifetime.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • UPC: 014381592726
  • Original Release: 1927
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Presentation: Black & White / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mary Pickford Maggie Johnson
Charles "Buddy" Rogers Joe Grant
Sunshine Hart Ma Johnson
Lucien Littlefield Po Johnson
Hobart Bosworth Mr. Merrill
Carmelita Geraghty Liz Johnson
Evelyn Hall Mrs. Merrill
Avonne Taylor Millicent Rogers
Mack Swain The judge
Sidney Bracey Butler
William Courtwright Stock Clerk
Max Davidson The beggar
Frank Finch Smiles Butler
Harry Walker Floorwalker
Technical Credits
Sam Taylor Director
Dave Kesson Cinematographer
Hope Loring Screenwriter
Allen McNeil Screenwriter
Mary Pickford Producer
Charles Rosher Sr. Cinematographer
Jack Schulze Art Director
Tim Whelan Sr. Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Index
1. Main Title; Stock Girl [9:16]
2. Undercover Stock Boy [2:43]
3. A True Gentleman [6:06]
4. Bringing Joe Home [8:56]
5. Falling For Maggie [5:07]
6. Not A Care In The World [7:00]
7. High Class Dinner [10:32]
8. The Truth About Joe [4:50]
9. Helping Out Liz [6:37]
10. Scandal [4:33]
11. Breaking Joe's Heart [7:03]
12. Taking Charge [3:38]
13. Getting To The Boat On Time [1:08]
14. Happy Ending; End Credits [1:50]
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Side #1 --
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    When You Gotta Pick a Pickford Flick...

    ...This is the Pickford Flick to Pick! You simply can't go wrong with MY BEST GIRL. The plot is one you've seen a million times, but it just doesn't matter. This film is so engrossing and transporting that you'll swear it's all brand new. The performances, direction, settings, music, humor, you name it -- all are pitch perfect. If you've never seen a silent film, this is the one to see. If you know someone who thinks silents aren't worth seeing, show them this one. If you'd like to see a silent film that really holds up in the 21st century, search no further. If you're feeling down or depressed, see this film. If you need a date movie in a pinch, grab this one. If you'd just like to sit back, relax and watch a DVD that's fun, entertaining and top-notch in virtually every way... well, you know the answer. If there is a flaw -- and this is nitpicking -- it would be an extended sequence toward the end that veers dangerously close to going over the top. Otherwise, it's sweet, charming, romantic and old-fashioned in the best possible sense, but never cloying or saccharine. It's simple, straightforward, predictable... and perfect. MY BEST GIRL is one of the very few films, silent or otherwise, that I can't imagine anyone disliking. And it has tremendous rewatchability -- an important factor when considering a purchase. A word about the new musical score: David Michael Frank NAILS this movie. This is, hands down, one of the best silent film scores I've heard. It adds major impact to an already strong film, and don't be surprised if the breezy themes bounce around your head for weeks after viewing. Am I gushing? You better believe it! After writing all of this, I just can't help myself... I gotta go watch MY BEST GIRL!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A charmer!

    I bought this movie because I wasdoing research on dime stores of thepast and the plot has Mary Pickfordworking in one. Although thereweren't enough interior store scenesfor my purpose, the picture turnedout to be serendipity in action!The silent expressions are wonderfulto watch; Mary Pickford is touchingand charming in her role. I've seena number of silent films through theyears while doing cinematic studiesand think that this DVD edition withits restoration work is a fineexample to include in a homelibrary. The new score added to thisedition is part of the "voices" inthis picture, and the subdued soundeffects are most appropriatelyplaced and mixed. Reading wordcaptions is kept to a minimum; twotints are used which generate slightly different modes. Well worththe price -- and the DVD is a finegift for those who appreciate cinematic art. As a side note, I will add that although the picture is classified as a "romantic comedy",it's not at all in the category of today's generally accepted meaningof that genre. Some of the scenesmake this picture stand alone in itsown class. I call it a touchingmovie with some comedic moments.Hooray for Hollywood!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic, Somewhat True Story

    It is hard to get over the fact that these two married years after making this picture. One wonders if Mary hadn't been married to Douglas Fairbanks at the time if she wouldn't have gone off and married Rogers immediately after one of their scenes. Their chemistry is undenyable and the movie is fun to watch, if only for the fact that we truely know something the actors do not- they're in love. Current movies can be just as sweet as this, which is probably why it is one of the most popular Pickford movies. Just like today, audiences can get involved in My Best Girl and feel what the characters are feeling for each other. This one will never die.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2001

    You┬┐ll enjoy this silent gem very much!

    Mary Pickford stars as a shop girl named Maggie who works in a five and dime store. She soon finds herself attracted to Joe; one of the other store clerks (Buddy Rogers). What she doesn't know is that he's the storeowners' son who's working there to prove himself to his father. What will Maggie do when she finds out? Will romance still be able to blossom? Buy this film and see for yourself. This is a charming movie that will make a nice addition to any film collection.

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