The Brat (1919)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Alla Nazimova went from heavy-handed dramatic spectaculars to light comedy-drama with this picture, based on a hit play by Maude Fulton. The Brat (Nazimova) is a crude little chorus girl who has just been fired from a Broadway show. She is rescued by Mac Millan Forrester (Charles Bryant, Nazimova's partner, both business and personal), an author looking for material for his next book. He takes her home, to the horror of his mother (Amy Veness) and sweetheart Angela (Bonnie Hill). But she wins over the family when Forrester refines her rough exterior and she saves his brother Stephen (Darrell Foss) from disgrace. This Pygmalion-like story was too much of a stretch for the Russian star and it was not well-received by her fan base.

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book, child, chorus-girl, complications, girl, life, orphan, wife, writing