Anne of Green Gables (1919)

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Mary Miles Minter was supposed to be a contender for Mary Pickford's girlish crown, but she never came close. It's no wonder with pictures like this one -- based on L.M. Montgomery's book, it's an innocuous effort in which Minter does very little other than look cute. Adult siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert (Marcia Harris and Frederick Burton) want to adopt a child from an orphanage, and their home, Green Gables, comes to be graced by the presence of Anne Shirley (Minter). In spite of her sweet looks, Anne has a penchant for landing herself in trouble, which gives the town gossip, Mrs. Pie (Leila Romer), a lot to talk about. When Anne grows up and her adopted family loses its money, she goes to work as a schoolteacher. While teaching, she is compelled to whip Mrs. Pie's boy, and later, when he falls off a hay wagon and breaks his arm, Anne gets the blame for the injury. But a minister who saw the fall clears it all up and saves Anne's hide. This picture was directed by William Desmond Taylor, whose unsolved murder in 1922 destroyed Minter's career. Even though the actress almost certainly had no involvement in his death, she was apparently one of the last people to see him alive.



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