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Vintage original Grosset & Dunlap "Photoplay Edition" hardback book with dust jacket from the teens silent film comedy/drama, THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL, released in 1917 by Artcraft Pictures Corporation and directed by Maurice Tourneur.


Published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1917, it consists of 447 pages with 6 full pages with black-and-white photographs from the film. It is in overall very good condition.


*"The Poor Little Rich Girl is a 1917 American comedy-drama film directed by Maurice Tourneur. Adapted by Frances Marion from the 1913 play by Eleanor Gates. The Broadway play actually starred future screen actress Viola Dana. The film stars Mary Pickford, Madlaine Traverse, Charles Wellesley, Gladys Fairbanks (returning from the play) and Frank McGlynn Sr. The film was shot in Fort Lee, New Jersey when early film studios in America's first motion picture industrywere based there at the beginning of the 20th century.


In 1991, The Poor Little Rich Girl was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry."
*(source: Wikipedia)


*"The 30 December 1916 Motion Picture News announced that preparations were being made for Mary Pickford's The Poor Little Rich Girl, and that filming would begin "as soon as the script is ready. Several elaborate sets are being planned for the new production which will display scenes in the luxurious homes of wealthy metropolitan families." According to the 13 January 1917 Motography, director Maurice Tourneur began filming The Poor Little Rich Girl the previous week, after weeks of "carpenters and mechanics" building "big sets" at the Mary Pickford studio in Fort Lee, NJ


 A month later, the 17 February 1917 Motography added that "many costly scenes were built for this photoplay, including one of particularly lavishness disclosing a beautiful conservatory with its lily pond, playing fountains, rare birds, and immense botanical display." Although contemporary sources do not credit a production company for the film, the Mary Pickford Film Corp., which was formed in mid-1916 to produce her films for distribution by Artcraft, most likely was the production company.


Describing a visit to the Fort Lee studio, a writer commented in the 10 February 1917 Motography, "The director, Maurice Tourneur, presumably had worked out the scene details with Miss Pickford in conference. There was no hesitation in his placing of a score or more extras in positions that best served the pictorial effect. [Pickford] remained out of the group, near her mother, watching the scene being built up, while a girl of her height rehearsed in her place." Gladys Fairbanks ("Jane") and Frank Andrews ("Potter") came from the original cast of the play, according to the 27 January 1917 Motography.


A belated item in the 17 February 1917 Motion Picture News declared that from "present indications," Pickford's work in The Poor Little Rich Girl would "be completed in time to allow her to leave New York February 7," in order to begin work at her new studio in Los Angeles. Her first film during this California sojourn would be A Romance of the Redwoods. According to a modern source, Clarence Brown was an assistant director on the film.


The film opens with this subtitle: "In the Home of Everything—except the Love she longed for, dwelt Gwendolyn, The Poor Little Rich Girl." The Poor Little Rich Girl premiered at Broadway's Strand Theatre in New York City on 4 March 1917, according to the next day's New York Times."
*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)



THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL (1917) US Photoplay Edition Book

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