Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Mary Pickford receives the title “Honorary Colonel” of the 143rd Field Artillery – circa 1918

This footage features Mary Pickford and her adopted World War I battalion, the 143rd Field Artillery of Camp Kearny, California. Colonel Ralph J. Phaneuf and the soldiers officially made Mary their Honorary Colonel, and the men are seen as extras in the film Johanna Enlists. Music by Samuel Barber.

Selling War Bonds, 1918

These clips are a compilation of Mary Pickford’s appearances selling bonds to support the War effort. The campaign began with a White House reception with President Wilson greeting Mary, Doug Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and Marie Dressler and from there, the stars fanned out across the country.

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Founding of United Artists – February, 1919

Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith formalize their partnership as they create their own distribution company, United Artists.

Mary greets the returning soldiers of the 143rd Infantry – January, 1920

Mary traveled to Oakland to greet the soldiers as they returned from the war. She rode with them on a ferry to San Francisco where she was formally “decommissioned” from her role as their Honorary Colonel at the Presidio.

Mary & Doug Travel to Toronto

Mary and Doug visited her home town in this clip that is laced with descriptive title cards.

Mary & Doug Travel to Russia

Admirers of the advanced state of Soviet filmmaking, particularly Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, Doug and Mary extended their annual trip to Europe to visit Moscow in July, 1926. They were greeted by an outpouring of interest from fans they didn’t know they had and footage from the trip was made into A Kiss from Mary Pickford by the Russian director Sergei Komarov.

A Family Wedding at Pickfair

May 10, 1925.

Wedding of Selmar Chalip and Verna Watson. Charlotte Pickford, Mary Pickford, Doug Fairbanks, Reverend Dodd, Jack Pickford, and Robert Fairbanks

Mary marries Buddy Rogers – June 24, 1937

Clips from the wedding at their friend Hope Loring’s home.

Groundbreaking at the Motion Picture Country House and Hospital – Sept 21, 1941

After helping create what is now the MPTF, Mary continued with her support and fundraising and she was there with a shovel in hand to participate in the groundbreaking in 1941.

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Mary Pickford USC Speech

Mary Pickford’s Speech at the USC Delta Kappa Alpha Silver Anniversary Banquet on January 6th, 1963.

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