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A Little Girl in a Big City (1925)

Small-town girl Mary Barry wins a beauty contest and goes to New York to meet D. V. Cortelyou, the magazine's publisher. Greatly taken by young girl, Cortelyou arranges for her to live with... See full summary »

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Burton L. King
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Gladys Walton ... Mary Barry
Niles Welch ... Jack McGuire
Mary Thurman ... Mrs. Howard Young
J. Barney Sherry ... Howard Young
Coit Albertson Coit Albertson ... D.V. Cortelyou
Helen Shipman Helen Shipman ... Rose McGuire
Sally Crute ... Mrs. Barry
Nellie Savage Nellie Savage ... Dolly Griffith
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Small-town girl Mary Barry wins a beauty contest and goes to New York to meet D. V. Cortelyou, the magazine's publisher. Greatly taken by young girl, Cortelyou arranges for her to live with Dolly Griffith, a woman of questionable reputation who often aids him in his wicked schemes of blackmail and seduction. During a party, seemingly in Mary's honor, Cortelyou obtains some apparently, compromising evidence with which to blackmail Mrs. Young, the wife of a wealthy broker; Cortelyou then makes rough advances toward Mary, and one of his assistants, Jack McGuire, gives him a good beating. Threatened with blackmail, Mrs. Young turns in desperation to Jack for help. Jack and Mary attempt to trap Cortelyou in a net of his own making, but the blackmailer is too smart, outwitting Jack and abducting Mary. Cortelyou also kidnaps Mrs. Young, keeping her and Mary in a deserted house. Jack learns of their whereabouts and arrives with the police. Cortelyou is arrested, Mrs. Young is saved from the ... Written by Pamela Short

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The Story Behind the Story
3 July 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The story behind the story is more interesting than the one that appears on screen -- which is about how sweet small-town girl Gladys Walton comes to New York City for a magazine competition and excitement, only to fall prey to the big bad Wolf of Broadway. It's a carefully calculated piece of work, something to suggest the wickedness of the big city to appeal to the prurient interests, like a DeMille picture, and yet have it small town values win out in the end -- the United States only shifted to an urban population in the 1920s, so there was a lot of nostalgia for small town values. The direction by Burton King is decent, the acting is good and the production values are okay. It's pretty much what you expect.

The story behind the story is that Gladys Walton was Al Capone's girl friend -- cue Cloris Leachman in BLAZING SADDLES screaming "Yes! He was mein boyfriend! -- This got her knocked out of her contract with Universal Studios for violation of the morals clause. I don't think it was any great loss to the cinematic arts, but it does add a certain piquancy to the entire picture.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vítima da Vaidade See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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