A Girl Named Mary (1920)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Stage and film star Marguerite Clark was Mary Pickford's biggest competition during the 1910s. Keep in mind that she was nine years older than Pickford and was still playing young girls in 1920. In fact, Kathlyn Williams, who plays her mother in this rather insipid drama, is actually five years younger than Clark. The wealthy Marise Jaffrey (Williams) has been searching for her daughter, Mary, for the past 15 years. Mary and her nurse disappeared after Marise walked out on her cruel husband, and when he died, there was no easy way to track them down. Marise has befriended Mary Healy (Clark), a young stenographer, who has a bright, cheery personality. Mary's sweetheart is Henry Martin, a factory foreman (Wallace MacDonald). Mary wants to help the older woman in her search to find her daughter, and so she finds Mary Laguna (Pauline Pulliam), a foundling, and sends her to Marise, but she is not the right girl. Finally evidence is revealed that Mary herself is Marise's long-lost daughter. Mary is torn between Marise and her adopted mother, Mrs. Healy (Aggie Herring), but decides she can love them both. The fact that she is marrying Martin solves the problem of where to live.