The Italian Barber (1911)

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Mary Pickford was popular enough in early 1911 to be identified by name in the trade magazine Variety's review of D.W. Griffith's The Italian Barber. Filmed partly on location in Fort Lee, New Jersey, this pleasant little comedy finds the title character falling in love with a cute little newsgirl. But when the "newsie" turns out to be the fickle sort, the barber shifts his attentions to the girl's more stable sister (Pickford). It was curious that Griffith chose to direct this film, since he was usually uncomfortable with comedies and tended to assign such films to his trusted assistant Frank Powell. By the time The Italian Barber was released nationally, Mary Pickford had left Biograph to join the up-and-coming IMP studios.