Mirandy Smiles (1918)

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In this quaint, simple story, Mirandy Judkins (Vivian Martin) helps her mother make ends meet by working as a scrub girl at the local opera house. She meets Teddy Lawrence (Douglas MacLean), the church organist, and a romance develops between the two. Although Mirandy is uneducated, she manages to help everyone solve their small town problems with her cheerful, industrious nature. Eventually, Mrs. Judkins (Maym Kelso) comes into some money and plans to take Mirandy to the country. Mirandy protests because she loves Teddy, but Teddy tells her that it would be best for her to go away and get an education. Then he hints that when she returns, he will marry her. There's nothing particularly exciting about this feature, which was directed by William C. DeMille. DeMille's younger brother, Cecil, preferred directing far more spectacular fare. It was adapted from a novel, The Littlest Scrub Lady by Belle K. Maniates.