On November 3rd, the third Annual Mary Pickford Celebration of Silent Film, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Mary Pickford Foundation, will host the world premiere of the Academy Film Archive’s restoration of Little Annie Rooney (1925) from Mary Pickford’s own 35mm nitrate print held in the Mary Pickford Collection at the Library of Congress.
Pickford’s fans loved to see her play young girls, and she obliged by conceiving this comedy-tearjerker about a spunky policeman’s daughter in the New York tenements. Directed by William Beaudine and co-starring matinee idol William “Billy” Haines, Little Annie Rooney was a smash hit for writer, producer and star Pickford.
Author and film historian Jeffrey Vance will speak before the film and discuss the legacy of Pickford as a trailblazing actress, writer, producer and preservation advocate. Michael Pogorzelski, director of the Academy Film Archive, will discuss the restoration of the film. Live piano accompaniment will be provided by Andy Gladbach.
Little Annie Rooney is presented in conjunction with the Academy’s Hollywood Costume Exhibit, where Pickford’s dress from the film will be on display through March 2nd, 2015. Little Annie Rooney will screen at the Bing Theater on the LACMA campus at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 3. Click here for tickets.