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Caprice*

Released November 10, 1913

Role: Mercy Baxter
Co-stars: Owen Moore, Ernest Truex, Ogden Crane
Prod/Dist Co: Famous Players Film Company
Director: J. Searle Dawley
Screenwriter: Based on the 1884 play by Howard P. Taylor


Note:  Originally a stage hit with Minnie Maddern Fiske in the lead role,  Caprice  was so popular that Paramount re-released it to theaters in 1918.

Original review from the  Los Angeles Times  (Nov. 15, 1913):

“Little Mary” of Biograph fame … will appear in “Caprice.” Mrs. Fiske’s former success. No better play could have been selected for her inimitable daintiness. It is a delightful comedy-drama of love and society, with an echo of the hills mingled with the voice of the city. Mary Pickford in “The Bishop’s Carriage” broke all records at Tally’s Broadway. “Caprice” should prove even more of a drawing card.

The Unwelcome Guest

(Released on March 15, 1913)

The Slavey

Fate

(Released on March 22, 1913)

Unknown role

Hearts Adrift*

Released February 10, 1914

Role: Nina
Co-stars: Harold Lockwood
Prod/Dist Co: Famous Players Film Company/Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Director: Edwin S. Porter
Screenwriter: Mary Pickford, based on the 1911 novel  As the Sparks Fly Upward  by Cyrus Townsend Brady


Note:  Hearts Adrift  was the first feature produced by Famous Players on the West Coast. Novelist Cyrus Townsend Brady sued Famous Players for using his story without his consent; modern sources credit Townsend.

Original review from  The Moving Picture World  (January 1914):

Mary Pickford, the celebrated film favorite, makes her reappearance in the productions of the Famous Players in  Hearts Adrift, a tragic epic of the deep… The pathos of this drama is softened by Miss Pickford’s charming and piquant portrayal of the role of the little half-savage Nina. At frequent periods in the story Miss Pickford attains high dramatic power, and strikes a distinct note in her delicate rendition of her supreme sacrifice of self for love.

A Good Little Devil* (Only one reel remains)

Released March 01, 1914

Role: Juliet
Co-stars: Ernest Truex, William Norris, David Belasco
Prod/Dist Co: Famous Players Film Company/Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Director: Edwin S. Porter (and J. Searle Dawley, uncredited)
Screenwriter: Based on the play by Austin Strong, adapted from the French play  Un bon petit diableby Rosemonde Gerard and Maurice Rostand


Note:  In 1913, Mary had appeared in David Belasco’s stage version of  A Good Little Devil.

Original review from  Variety  (March 6, 1914):

Here’s one film on which the movie exhibitor of the country can’t go wrong. … There’s a lot of good, wholesome fun in “A Good Little Devil” and there’s fantastical trimmings of the fairy land sort and real pathos of the typical kind that motherless little kids encounter each day that combine in making the play a movie worth while. Miss Pickford does bully work as the blind girl and makes the role stand out as a lovable, childlike sympathetic bit of acting that is irresistible.

Tess of the Storm Country

Released March 20, 1914

Tess of the Storm Country, 1914Role: Tessibel ‘Tess’ Skinner
Co-stars: Harold Lockwood, Olive Golden, David Hartford
Prod/Dist Co: Famous Players Film Company
Director: Edwin S. Porter
Screenwriter: B.P. Schulberg, based on the 1909 novel by Grace Miller White


Note:  An enormous success at the box office,  Tess of the Storm Country  would be re-made three times; Pickford’s own 1922 update, a 1932 Fox talkie with Janet Gaynor, and again at Fox in 1960 with Diane Baker in the title role.

Original review from  Variety  (March 27, 1914):

In “Hearts Adrift” and “A Good Little Devil,” Mary Pickford had no opportunity to demonstrate her true value as a movie actress. In “Tess of the Storm County” … Little Mary comes into her own and her work in this five-part movie production so far o’ershadows her work in the other films there’s no comparison. As the little, expressive-eyed tatterdemalion of the Lake Cayuga shores, Miss Pickford sticks another feather in her movie crown which will help the Famous Players reap a benefit in more ways than one.

The Eagle’s Mate

Released July 10, 1914

Role: Anemone Breckenridge
Co-stars: James Kirkwood, Ida Waterman, Robert Broderick
Prod/Dist Co: Famous Players Film Company/Paramount Pictures
Director: James Kirkwood
Screenwriter: Eve Unsell, based on the 1914 novel by Anna Alice Chapin


Note:  Jack Pickford appears briefly as a young clansman. Long considered lost, a print of  The Eagle’s Mate  was acquired by the George Eastman House in 2000.

Original review from  Variety  (July 10, 1914):

Mary Pickford … is one of the few picture actresses, or actors for that matter, who can interject personality into a negative. She breathes the role taken, and it fits her, up, down and all around. … “The Eagle’s Mate” is a lively feature without a real kick – but it has Mary Pickford, better than the best kick or punch that could have been put in, for Mary Pickford is the Ruth Chatterton of the movies.

Such a Little Queen*

Released September 21, 1914

Role: Queen Anna Victoria
Co-stars: Carlyle Blackwell, Harold Lockwood, Russell Bassett
Prod/Dist Co: Famous Players Film Company/Paramount Pictures
Director: Edwin S. Porter, Hugh Ford
Screenwriter: Hugh Ford, based on the 1909 stage play by Channing Pollock


Note:  Originally produced at Broadway’s Hackett Theatre in 1909,  Such a Little Queen  was remade by Realart Pictures in 1921, with Constance Binney in the lead.

Original review from  The Moving Picture World  (Oct. 3, 1914):

Miss Mary Pickford has the role of Queen Anna Victoria of Herzegovina; and her performance is that of rare quality which we always expect from this star. Comedy and drama are alike to her. She is as delightful in the one as she is moving in the other. As a comedienne she seldom does the anticipated; and therein to a great degree lies the charm of her work.

Behind the Scenes

Released October 26, 1914

Role: Dolly Lane
Co-stars: James Kirkwood, Lowell Sherman, Ida Waterman
Prod/Dist Co: Famous Players Film Company/Paramount Pictures
Director: James Kirkwood
Screenwriter: Based on the 1911 play by Margaret Mayo


Note:  Behind the Scenes  is notable in being one of the few films in which Mary portrays an actress.

Original review from  Variety  (Oct. 31, 1914):

In this feature Miss Pickford is seen from every angle in all of her camera moods, and to those who are Pickford fans it will be a feast. … The cuteness of Mary Pickford is proverbial. She alone can carry this picture, and that she will to big returns goes without saying, for besides Pickford, it has “the stage” from the inside.

Cinderella

Released December 28, 1914

Role: Cinderella
Co-stars: Owen Moore, Isabel Vernon, Inez Marcel
Prod/Dist Co: Famous Players Film Company/Paramount Pictures
Director: James Kirkwood
Screenwriter: Based on the 1697 story by Charles Perrault


Note:  Known prior to its release as  The Stepsister,  Cinderella  features Mary’s then-husband Owen Moore as Prince Charming.

Original review from the  Los Angeles Times  (Jan. 3, 1915):

Miss Pickford portrays every phase of the fairy heroine’s career, from pathetic cinder girl to bejeweled princess, with equal charm and winsomeness, and every scene is made more appealing by the beauty and grace of the beloved little film star.

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* Indicates that the film is lost
** Indicates that Mary wrote the screenplay