Neighbors (1918)

Genres - Children's/Family, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Family-Oriented Comedy  |  
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In one of her best pre-adult roles, little Madge Evans was cast as nine-year-old troublemaker Clarissa Leigh. Our heroine pauses in her deviltry long enough to play matchmaker for her older sister Ruth (Violet Palmer) and college boy Paul Harding (Johnny Hines). After several misadventures, Clarissa finally manages to do the right thing at the right time for a change. The trade magazine Variety lavished praise upon director Frank H. Crane for his ability to extract a convincing performance from Madge Evans), rather than succumbing to the temptation of having the girl behave like a "miniature adult." Also given kudos was the performance of Johnny Hines, who would soon become one of screendom's most popular light comedians.

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college-student, girl, matchmaker, sister, troublemaker