LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY
1925, 94 min, USA, Dir: William Beaudine

Mary Pickford plays a tomboy of the tenements who tends to her brother and widowed father in a multi-ethnic New York neighborhood, re-created entirely on the backlot of the Pickford Fairbanks studio. Her crush on a young man (William Haines) from a rival gang results in complications when he is charged with murder. Pickford produced, starred in and wrote this comedy with pathos (under the name of Catherine Hennessey) and it was restored from her own tinted nitrate print by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and then scanned in 4K high definition. An original soundtrack by composer Andy Gladbach recorded with a 16-piece orchestra is presented in Surround Sound.


SPARROWS
1926, 84 min, USA, Dir: William Beaudine

In her final juvenile role, Mary Pickford shines as Molly, the eldest of a group of orphans held as virtual slaves by the nefarious Mr. Grimes (Gustav von Seyffertitz) on a farm deep in the bayou. With its German expressionist look and a thrilling chase through a swamp filled with hungry alligators, this is one of “America’s Sweetheart’s” most memorable silents.


SHOW BOAT
1951, Warner Brothers, 108 min, Dir: George Sidney

The revolutionary Broadway musical by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II gets the deluxe M-G-M treatment with the help of producer Arthur Freed and director George Sidney. Captain's daughter Kathryn Grayson falls in love with riverboat gambler Howard Keel on board the Cotton Blossom while best friend Ava Gardner watches from afar in this box office hit. “Ol' Man River” and “Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man” are among the memorable songs heard here.


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