Gladys Louise Smith, professionally known as Mary Pickford, was a Canada-born American film actress and producer who was one of the founding members of ‘Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.’ The ‘girl with curls’ played a significant part in the development of filmmaking in Canada during the 1910s and 1920s. She was also one of the most popular actresses of that time.
Coming from a family of theatre artists, Mary struggled for six years, and got her first ‘Broadway’ role when she was on the verge of quitting her acting career. She landed a supporting role in the 1907 Broadway play ‘The Warrens of Virginia’ and gradually found her way into films.
Some of her films are ‘Daddy-Long-Legs’ (1919), ‘Pollyanna’ (1920), ‘My Best Girl’ (1927), and ‘Coquette’ (1929). She retired from acting in 1933.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is an adventure romantic drama film which tells the story of Ben-Hur, a wealthy young Jewish prince, who is a friend fo the powerful Roman tribune, Messala. Ben-Hur’s life gets ugly when an accident and a false accusation leads him to getting arrested falsely. Instead of helping him, Messala, who has now become arrogant and corrupt, makes sure that Be-Hur is jailed and separated from the rest of his family.
Maggie Johnson, a stockroom girl in Merrill departmental store falls in love with co-worker Joe Grant, who actually is the store-owner’s son working his way up to succeed on his own in life. He too reciprocates her feelings. But when Maggie finds out his true identity and also, about his betrothal to high-society girl Millicent, she leaves heartbroken. Will the sweethearts re-unite?
This silent film follows the life of tomboyish and naughty Annie Rooney, the daughter of a respected police officer. When her father is shot dead, she and her brother set out to find his killer. Suspecting Annie’s boyfriend as the wrongdoer, her brother shoots him; but Annie donates blood to save her boyfriend’s life, and then strives to find the actual killer.
Secrets is a Western drama film, which tells the story of Mary Marlowe, whose father wishes her to marry a British lord. However, she is in love with a clerk working under her father, and the two decide to elope. However, lots of difficulties await the couple.
Kiki is a romantic comedy drama film, which tells the story of Kiki, a French chorus girl, who wants to enter the show business at any cost.
A girl falls from a cliff in the Argentine Andes, but she is saved by a miracle. A shrine is built around the site, and a wealthy village grows around it. However, things get ugly when an evil general named Ruiz captures the village and closes down the shrine. He confiscates all their wealth as well, but Gaucho, the disreputable leader of a band of outlaws comes to the rescue, as a hero.
Tess of the Storm Country is a silent drama film which tells the story of a woman who claims an illegitimate child as her own. However, due to this, she faces social ostracism.
In 1550, George Vernon agrees to have his daughter Dorothy betrothed to the son of the Earl of Rutland. The marriage between the Earl’s son John and Dorothy is to take place on Dorothy’s eighteenth birthday, or else George is going to have to pay a large penalty to the Earl. However, when George hears rumor’s of John’s wild behavior in France, he decides to call off the wedding.
The Black Pirate is an action adventure film which tells the story of a young man, whose father is murdered by a gang of pirates. The man therefore infiltrates the pirate gang, in order to take revenge. He plays an important role in the gang, helping them capture a ship. But he finds a young woman on board the ship whom he wants to protect from getting raped by the pirates.
Based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, this comedy film takes us back to the 16th century. The film tells us the story of Hortensio, who falls in love with Blanca, the youngest daughter of Baptista. However, Baptista refuses to allow the two to get married, until his eldest daughter Katherine, is engaged.
Based on Kate Douglas’ novel, the movie follows Rebecca Randall, a high-spirited young farm girl, who is sent to live with her strict aunt. There she falls in love with Adam who she agrees to marry when she attains the age. Eventually, she is sent to boarding school and develops into a beautiful young lady.
Cedric is a young boy living in New York City with his widowed mother. He receives a news that he is the long-lost heir of the Earl of Dorincourt, who has made him the heir of his estate after his last surviving son passed away in a road mishap. Therefore, Cedric travels to England with his mother to claim his title, but difficulties await him.
Through the Back Door is a silent comedy drama film which revolves around a ten year old girl Jeanne, whose mother Louise gets married to a very wealthy but selfish man, named Elton. He convinces her to leave for America with him and leave Jeanne with their maid Marie. However, Marie gets attached to Jeanne, and when Louise returns, she lies to her saying that Jeanne passed away.
This silent movie follows the life of spoiled, ill-tempered Amy Burke, who is tired of the luxurious life with her millionaire grandfather, so goes with her father to his New York home, a tenement in the slums. Though initially shocked, Amy soon adapts to the new life, and grows close to John, a victim of her grandfather’s manipulations. So, what happens next?
After an orphan loses her father, she starts living with her aunt in a faraway town. Although most of the people in the town are ill-tempered, she eventually starts to bring a change through her optimistic outlook to life.
A young woman, who maintains a coastal lighthouse, falls for an American soldier washed ashore. However, she soon realizes that he is actually a German spy. Now she must choose between her love for him and her duty towards her family and her country.
Laundress Amanda Afflick fantasizes about handsome customer Horace Greensmith, awaiting him to return for his laundry. She tells her colleagues stories about ‘her fiancé 'Sir Horace’ whom her archduke father turned out. Laundry driver Benjamin Pillsbury pines for her, but Amanda ignores him. When Horace returns for his laundry, she implores him to pretend to be her fiancé, while Benjamin awaits her.
The silent drama follows Jenny Lawrence, a naive city girl who moves to the redwoods during the California Gold Rush to live with her uncle. But on reaching she realizes her uncle is dead and his identity has been taken up by the bandit ‘Black’ Brown. The two form an uneasy alliance that develops into a romance.
Set in the backdrop of World War I, the movie tells the story of Johanna Renssaller, a country farm girl, who has had only two unfruitful love affairs. When an entire regiment of soldiers camps on her farm, everybody falls in love with her. Ultimately she finds true love in Captain van Renssaller.
Young Jason, living with stepfather, Steve Honeycutt, in Kentucky, is a good friend of Mavis Hawn, who is waiting to find her father’s murderer to take revenge. Steve Honeycutt courts Mavis’s mother, Martha, to grab her land. When wealthy outsider Morton Sanders decides to take control of the region for its coal, the villagers protest. Then Sanders’ sudden death raises many questions.
Rosita is the sole breadwinner to her poor family, although they are always fighting amongst one another. She is fed up of her life of poverty, and therefore, when she is forced to pay taxes, she gets enraged and comes up with a song insulting the king. Therefore, the king’s soldiers are sent to arrest her.
Young Mollie Harding’s dying mother writes a letter requesting Preacher Bolton to use the money she has left to buy a ‘little finery’ for her daughter who is denied such things by her miser father. Pastor buys Mollie a fancy New York hat that she yearned for, which results in gossip and malicious rumors. Will the things be set right for Mollie?
Sara led a luxurious life in India before she is enrolled into Miss Minchin's boarding school in London. Although treated like a princess, Sara remains humble and befriends Becky, a servant girl. Later when the news comes that her father has died penniless Miss Minchin forces her to earn her keep by working alongside Becky. But bad times cannot last forever.
In 1914, Angela travels to France to bring her aunt back to USA. But reaching home she finds her dead and instead of fleeing decides to nurse the wounded French soldiers. Shortly, the Germans occupy the area, killing and raping civilians. Among all this, she is reunited with her German American boyfriend Karl, who has been drafted in the German army.
The Country Doctor is a short silent drama film, which tells the story of a doctor who leaves his sick daughter behind to assist a gravely ill neighbor. His wife requests him to come home and care for his own daughter, but he decides to ignore her.
The short is inspired by ‘The Three Fishers’, the well-known poem by Charles Kingsley. A fisherman loses his memory after he meets with an accident at the sea and cannot return home. Meanwhile his wife gives birth to a daughter, and as time passes, she grows into a mature woman. Then one day, the husband sets sail again, reaching his native shore on her wedding day.
The Narrow Road is a drama short film which tells the story of two men who are released from jail after they served their sentences. While one of them wants to go the legal way and stay out of trouble, his fellow ex-convict has other ideas.
The Cullison family lives in a secluded villa away from the town. Some criminals send Robert Cullison a fake letter to take him away, and as they break-in, Mrs. Cullison and the children lock themselves inside. When his car breaks down midway, Robert telephones home and hearing his wife’s screams, he races home with police help. Will the rescue reach in time?
A king builds a windowless room for himself and his concubine. But when the concubine is unfaithful and takes another lover in the same room, the king calls for his masons. With the lovers still inside, the king orders the masons to quietly seal the only door to the room, suffocating the two lovers inside.
The Mender of Nets is a silent short romantic film which revolves around a young woman who works as a mender for fishermen’s nets. She is engaged and is looking forward to her marriage with her fiancé. But his former girlfriend is unwilling to let him go, and becomes an obstacle to their upcoming wedding.
Four survivors from an abandoned mining town, which includes a husband and a wife, the sister of the wife, and a younger woman, are trying to make it through the desert and reach civilization. The wife suspects that her husband and the younger woman might be having an affair. Things get worse when the husband dies all of a sudden, after which the women have no choice but to continue the journey on their own.
Ramona is a young girl growing up with her adoptive mother in a ranch. She eventually falls in love with Alessandro, an American Indian boy. Since she is denied permission to marry him, the two lovers have other no option but to elope. However, they are unaware of the fact that hardships and unhappiness await them ahead.
This silent short film revolves around a rich but hardhearted money lender who finds a terrifying way to learn about the limitations of money.
A wealthy man sees a feisty peasant girl, and infatuated with her, he proposes marriage. However, she refuses to get married. Despite this, her mother pushes her into the marriage against her will. She is unable to adjust to her new life, and becomes embarrassed. However, her husband’s nephew convinces her to run away with him.
An elderly actor who lives with his wife and daughter is dismissed from his acting job as they consider him too old now. On his way home, he finds himself in despair and is also confused how he should give his family the bad news.
The Hessian Renegades is a short war drama film which takes us to the time of the American Revolution. It revolves around a young soldier who has been tasked to carry an important message to General Washington. However, things get difficult after he is spotted by a group of enemy soldiers called Hessians.
A young and fickle girl breaks up with her boyfriend, because she thinks that he is cowardly. But things take a turn when she is soon kidnapped by a ruthless convict, who has just escaped. Now it is up to her ex-boyfriend to rescue her.
Based on a play of the same name by Robert Browning, Pippa Passes is a short drama film which tells the story of a girl named Pippa, whose songs has a healing effect on those who hear it as she passes by. However, she is completely unaware of this fact.
After being inspired by the lives of great men, a young man decides to go to the big city, hoping to make a fortune. He is soon able to obtain employment, and within five years, he finds himself holding a good position in an organization, and earning a good salary. He decides to pay a visit to his parents, but due to his changed appearance, his parents don’t recognize him. Upon noticing his fat wallet, his parents decide to rob him.
Friends is a short silent romantic film which tells the story of two friends who are gold miners who get involved with a beautiful girl who lives above their mining camp.
George Forrester works at a Pigeon farm, but his daughter feels quite lonely when he leaves for work. He eventually brings his daughter to the farm, and although he meets an old sweetheart and rekindles with her, he lets her go because he can’t support a wife and a daughter at the same time. Although his daughter tells George that she will never leave him, years later, she decides to leave her father eventually after falling for a young man.
An unemployed maid finds work at a farm. She soon meets a guy, and falls in love. However, things don’t go as expected, as it seems that he owes a huge debt. Unless she can help him pay off his debts, they will not be able to get married.
A contest is being held in Cremona for the best violin. Things get complicated for Filippo, because the winner is promised the hand of Giannina, the town’s beauty, and Fillipo is already in love with her. However, since he is a cripple, he decides to help another apprentice named Sandro instead by giving him his violin, which is much superior.
What the Daisy Said is a romantic short film which tells the story of two sisters who want to know if they will ever find true love. One starts pulling the petals off a flower, while the other visits a gypsy fortune teller. However, complications arise because the gypsy tells the fortune so as to serve his own purpose.
A carpenter’s family faces a lot of struggles, when he gets addicted to drinking. They try to convince him to quit, but he becomes more and more abusive.
Joe and Sam are two miners who have been friends for a long time. However, when a woman enters their lives, they begin quarreling against one another over her. Eventually, one of them is about to murder the other during his sleep, but things take a turn when the woman introduces her fiancé, a man from the city, who seems to be quite weaker compared to Joe and Sam.
The Gibson Goddess is a short comedy film which revolves around a beautiful woman at a seaside resort, who devises a plan since her admirers won’t leave her alone. She puts on a leg-revealing swimsuit, but stuffs her stockings with cotton to make her limbs appear misshapen.
George Peabody, a young drunkard, decides to change his ways after learning that the pretty Ruth King has always loved him since their childhood days. He vows to quit drinking, and decides to cut off from his loose companions. He also decides to change his life by going out to the West, and making a fortune. Before leaving, Ruth gives him one half of her locket as remembrance.
The Little Darling is a short comedy film which tells the story of a group of young bachelors, who live in a boarding house, run by Lillie. When a friend writes to inform that she is sending her little daughter to pay a visit, all the bachelors buy toys for a little girl. However, they are surprised when they see an attractive young woman get down from the train.
Mary Pickford Awards
|Coquette||Best Actress in a Leading Role||1930|