The frequently filmed Alice Hegan Rice novel Lovey Mary was given the slick MGM treatment in 1926. Bessie Love plays the title character, a 17-year-old orphanage runaway. Taken in by poor-but-kindly Mrs. Wiggs (Mary Alden), Lovey Mary spreads good cheer wherever she goes, even "curing" the town's leading sourpuss. She finally gets a share of happiness herself when Mrs. Wiggs' oldest son Billy (William Haines) pops the question. Lovey Mary was originally the sequel to Mrs. Rice's Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch itself filmed more than once over the years.
by Hal Erickson synopsis
runaway [from home]