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My Best Girl (1927)

A department store's stock girl falls in love with a co-worker, the son of the store's manager; the feeling is mutual though he is engaged to a debutante and focusing on becoming successful without the influence of his father.

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Sam Taylor

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Kathleen Norris (from the story by), Allen McNeil (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Maggie Johnson
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Joe Grant (as Charles Rogers)
Sunshine Hart ... Ma Johnson
Lucien Littlefield ... Pa Johnson
Carmelita Geraghty ... Liz Johnson
Hobart Bosworth ... Robert Merrill
Evelyn Hall Evelyn Hall ... Esther Merrill
Avonne Taylor Avonne Taylor ... Millicent Rogers
Mack Swain ... The Judge
John Junior John Junior ... Nick Powell
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Storyline

Joe Merrill, son of the millionaire owner of a chain of 5 and 10 cent stores, poses as Joe Grant, and takes a job in the stockroom of one of his father's stores, to prove that he can be a success without his father's influence. There he meets stockroom girl Maggie Johnson, and they fall in love. This causes problems, because Mrs. Merrill had planned for her son to marry Millicent Rogers, a high society girl. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Caixeirinha See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$483,103 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,240,510
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mary Pickford Company See more »
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Runtime:

(1998)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Pickford's last silent film, released just after The Jazz Singer (1927) with Al Jolson. See more »

Quotes

Ma Johnson: I've been to the loveliest funeral, Pa.
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Alternate Versions

The Mary Pickford Foundation copyrighted a restored version in 1998 with music composed by David Michael Frank and performed by Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Zlin, Bill Motzing conducting. It was released on video by Milestone Films and runs 80 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) See more »

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The end of an era
18 March 2002 | by chewbacuh1See all my reviews

My Best Girl is Mary Pickford's last silent film...the last big go around for America's Sweetheart. In this film, she goes back to her roots...she plays someone her own age. Unlike the gothic Sparrows, or the poor low class lady in Suds, Mary comes off as striking and fills the screen with her beauty and charm. She plays a stock girl in a large department store, who falls in love with the owner's son, which at first she doesn't realize. She has to deal with her strange family, where they all look to her for leadership. The owner's son (Buddy Rogers, whom Mary later really marries) must deal with his parents and other girlfriend when he too returns her love. What's charming about this picture, is when I watched it late at night recently, is to notice how much the world has really changed since 1927. Remember when a family actually owned a department store instead of faceless boards of directors and changing CEOs? And how the cash registers rang up 5 cents for a total purchase? How the department stores has sales people every few feet to help you? How the street was filled with cars that now can only be found in museums? How innocent the dating was reflected in film...kissing was like...going all the way! It is also interesting to notice how the rich were shown on film in the 1920s. I'll bet most people in the audience could only dream of homes like those shown. And that all the actors and actresses you see are now gone, their image lives on in film..which is a moment captured in time forever.


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