Little Annie Rooney


Comedy / Drama

IMDb Rating 6.7 10 817


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Mary Pickford as Little Annie Rooney
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Reviewed by lugonian 8 / 10 / 10

Downtown New York

LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY (United Artists, 1925), directed by William Beaudine, stars Mary Pickford in one of her famous signature roles, that of a pre-teen girl in the POLLYANNA tradition. Though now a grown woman in her thirties, being of short stature, she was able to be convincing playing a character much younger in her years, down to her blonde curls and pony tails. Playing an Irish girl, naturally she is tough but charming, even characterized as a "wildcat" by one of the neighborhood kids. Yet this is what the public liked, and very much preferred, and for this, Pickford gave them what they wanted playing not Miss, but Little Annie Rooney. Taken from a story by Catherine Hennessey, the opening title reads, "Uptown a gang calls itself "society," - downtown a gang calls itself a gang - and let it go at that. LET'S GO DOWNTOWN. Following a scenic view of the New York City tenements of multi-ethnic residents ranging from Negroes, Jews, young and old, but most of all, the Irish, including a young tomboy named Little Annie Rooney (Mary Pickford). Following a gang fight started by little Mickey Kelly (Joe Butterworth), leader of the "Kid Kellys," sworn to make life miserable for Annie by singing the title song she hates. Annie has a father (Walter James), a widower who not only copes with his daughter and older son, Tim (Gordon Griffith), but his beat being the officer of the law by profession. Also in the area of the slums is Mickey's older brother, Joe (William Haines), leader of the "Big Kelly Gang." Aside from being a loafer "whose hardest work is selling tickets to a dance or benefit," he also hangs out with a gang of crooks, including Tony (Carlo Schipa) and Spider (Hugh Fay). Even though Annie takes an interest in Joe, Officer Rooney warns this young man to change his ways. On the night of Rooney's birthday, where his children prepare a celebration for him, a fight breaks out at the Pansy Club Dance where Rooney gets shot and killed in the dark. One of the gang members puts the blame on Joe, leading Annie to prevent her brother from avenging her father's murder. Others in the cast include: Spec O'Donnell (Abey Levy); Viola Vale (Mamie); and Eugene Jackson (Humidor). A fine mix of humor and sentiment in the Pickford tradition that no doubt made LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY a box office success in 1925. Mary, director Beaudine, and co-star, O'Donnell would reunite the following year in SPARROWS (1926), hailed by many to be Pickford's best or most memorable performance. Director Beaudine keeps the pace going here, even through the first hour of plot development, character introduction and daily activities take precedence before changing to the basics are provided. Showing children together of all ethnic background makes one think of the Hal Roach "Our Gang" comedy shorts featuring children as the center of attention. Other than street fights where Annie isn't afraid to fight with the boys, there's also a scene where the kids stage a neighborhood play for a benefit. By the time of Mary Pickford's death in 1979, several of her silent movie works were distributed as part of the rediscovery of her movies that haven't been shown in decades, especially LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY and SPARROWS, presented either in revival movie houses or public television as LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY did on New York City's WNET, Channel 13, June 1, 1979 . Part of the Paul Killian collection, LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY had been shown on television to excellent William Perry piano scoring, even including that old tune to "Little Annie Rooney." This was the print used for home video by Blackhawk Films in the 1990s as well as Turner Classic Movies (TCM premiere, September 19, 1999), before restoration and re-scoring took place around 2014 and television broadcasts thereafter. Regardless of visual restoration to this fine movie with additional footage, the new orchestral scoring, found on DVD and TCM, is unsatisfactory, giving it a different feel, taking away from the film's initial enjoyment from its 1970s "The Silent Years" television series appeal. Not to be confused with MISS ANNIE ROONEY (United Artists, 1942), starring Shirley Temple as a remake or sequel, the original LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY comedy-drama ranks one of many Pickford titles that deserves modern-day recognition. (***)

Reviewed by Ron Oliver 8 / 10 / 10

An enjoyable silent movie...

Although it might seem a bit bizarre to see a 32-year-old woman play the part of a 12-year-old, Mary Pickford soon makes you forget the incongruities and simply enjoy the fun. Mary is a street kid in New York City, with her own lovable gang of mischief makers, whose attentions are engaged by the older William Haines (he was 25 at the time & just on the cusp of his own screen stardom.) To give away too much of the plot would not be fair. Suffice it that Mary is great fun to watch & amply displays why she was Hollywood's first and most beloved super star. Production values are very good, with lots of extras making the NYC street scenes quite believable.

Reviewed by Mike-764 8 / 10 / 10

Still little at 33.

Annie Rooney lives with her officer father and brother Tim in the slums of New York, where she is constantly getting involved in many fights with the other neighborhood kids. Annie secretly has a crush on Joe Kelly (whose little brother Mickey is head of the gang that Annie constantly battles), who is in a gang that is headed for trouble, says Officer Rooney. Kelly sponsors a dance, where Tony plans to shoot Kelly in order to get even with him for making him look like a fool in front of his girl, but Officer Kelly gets fatally wounded instead. Tim (part of Kelly's gang) is told by Tony, and friend Spider, that Kelly shot his father, so he goes after him in vengeance. Annie learns of this and goes to stop her brother, if she is in time. Very good mix of humor and heart in this film, even though the plot doesn't start until the 40 minute mark of the film. Pickford is enjoyable (even though she was 33 playing a girl no more than 12-13) and really gets into her character. Haines doesn't play Kelly as tough as he should, but is able make the audience feel for him on an emotional level. The scenes where the officer tells Annie of her father's death and the ending really put a lump in your throat. The mix of all sorts of kids throughout the film are fun to watch. Rating, 8.

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