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My Best Girl (1927)

Mary Pickford , Charles 'Buddy' Rogers , Sam Taylor  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mary Pickford, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Sunshine Hart, Lucien Littlefield, Carmelita Geraghty
  • Directors: Sam Taylor
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Silent, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 1999
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001O2GF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,637 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Best Girl" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Also included is newsreel footage of the marriage of Buddy Rogers and Mary Pickford, as well as home movies of their life together

Editorial Reviews

Pickford's finest romantic comedy.--Village Voice. Maggie (Mary Pickford), a shop girl in a five-and-dime store, falls in love with the owner's son Joe (Charles "Buddy" Rogers), who is working incognito as a clerk to prove himself to his father. A timeless Cinderella tale set in the roaring twenties, "My Best Girl" is one of Hollywood's greatest romantic comedies. Also included is newsreel footage of the marriage of Buddy Rogers and Mary Pickford, as well as home movies of their life together.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Charming Silent I've seen Yet! June 3, 2003
By S. Long
I'm just sobbing like a baby!
My husband just surprised me for my birthday with 'My Best Girl'. I have been building my silent movie collection for almost 2 years, and not one actress has ever moved me so much as Mary Pickford!
I adore her in every film I've seen thus far, and all the others are DEFINITELY worth buying--bad prints or no, but this...this film is now my favorite Pickford film and in my Top 10 for all silents.
I am not a sappy girl, nor do I fall for romance-type films, but 'My Best Girl' is SO winsome, and SO charming! Please go off and read at least one Pickford biography and then rewatch 'My Best Girl'. I was so skeptical, b/c I'm not a big girly movie fan, but this is one you HAVE to own if you love Pickford! Her leading man in the film is Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, the man she married 10 years after this film was made. At the time, her idyllic marriage to Douglas Fairbanks was just beginning to falter. They divorced in 1935, and two years later, she became Mrs. Buddy Rogers. Buddy is so smitten (in a tastefully restrained way) in every scene, in real life, and it's so lovely to watch him falling nutty-head-over-heels for Mary. It's anyone's guess if Mary felt the same--a tribute to her gifts as an actress--but it was pure bliss trying to guess if she had been!
Funny, smart and BEAUTIFULLY shot (if you've seen a lot of silents, you can tell that this one was made toward the end of the era. You're in for SUCH a treat--the shots are nothing like any in other silents of the same age.) I laughed out loud, and shed big ol' 'I'm not a girly movie fan' tears!
Treat yourself, and buy the Milestone copy. An excellent, clean print, with wonderful sharpness and great picture quality. The few and far between muddy spots go away SO quickly.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pickford's best film November 13, 2004
By Paul
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There are those films that I would recommend to people who like that genre (EG "for those who like silent films, they would like this one"), but on a rare occasion I will recommend one to anyone.

Mary Pickford plays the archetype of her former Little Mary roles. She is Maggie, a stock girl at a fictional five-and-dime store... if you read Amazon's review you know the basic plot, which probably isn't the most original. Here's why you should see it:

Unlike too many of her vehicular films, Mary Pickford isn't the only reason to see "My Best Girl." About every character is a delight to see, and Maggie's parents deliver some of the best laughs, although Pickford holds her own at some very funny moments. Try not to smile at the scene when she first appears. The goofy melodrama with Liz and her beaux could make another feature comedy by itself, but here it adds to the richness of the film. The blase look on Millicent's face when Joe runs off to find Maggie is priceless. For that matter, so is the subtle look on Maggie's face after she tells Joe about the "Dramatic club" her sister belongs to. The soundtrack undermines some of the comedy at times, but that's no reason to turn the volume off. You'll find yourself humming the catchy jazz theme that plays when Nick Powell is present.

So, "for those who like silent films," this is one of the most harmlessly enjoyable, and for those who don't -- well, this is one you should see. It might change your mind.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and delightful! January 15, 2000
This movie will charm your socks off, and keep you smiling and entertained throughout. No deep film criticism here...this is simply as good and as fun as movies get. If you liked City Lights, you love this one!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Important July 6, 2003
This is the story of a girl destined to become an old maid; she feels she has to take care of her crazy family. She is sweet and sane. She works at a five and dime store where she meets a man named Joe. Joe is rich but was forced by his father to prove himself outside of his wealth. Joe must work in a regular job and receive a raise. In the process, he meets Mary Pickford's character and falls in love.

This movie is interesting to watch because ten years after it was made, Buddy Rogers and Mary Pickford were married. Their chemistry is obvious. It is also a wonder that Mary was around the top of the hill when she made this and yet she still looked so young and beautiful. Emotions soar out of this film that are felt in movies of today. One never notices that it is silent; it simply isn't an issue.

One of my favorite scenes is when Mary deliberately pushes her belongings off of the car she is riding on so that she can see Buddy for just a little longer.

This silent was made when sound took the world by storm. Sadly, it was Mary Pickford's last. Because of the time period it was made in, it is more advanced than a film from the 1910s. The score is very good and the story holds up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted, fun comedy, great print January 2, 2002
By Ingalls
This is a dazzlingly clear print of a very good Pickford light romantic comedy. Keep your eyes open for the one stunningly sophisticated directorial triumph: Pickford and Rogers walking through a busy street on a rainy night, oblivious to the cars and bicycles whirring past, around, and even between them. It is a long, moving camera shot that perfectly expresses their delightful absorption in each other. I have never seen this scene mentioned in any historical film book but it well deserves to be there. Bravo!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah Silent movie love
This movie is so adorable. I know that a lot of people find silent movies tedious but those people are silly. Come one, it's Mary Pickford! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leslie Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the film, read the book!
"My Best Girl" is one of the classic films of the silent era, though it can agruably be regarded as one of the finest films of all time. Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by David Reese
5.0 out of 5 stars My Best Girl
Great video if you are interested in silent films. Mary Pickford is adorable as always, and the plot in this one is pretty good too. Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by Dan
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic rags to riches 1920s story!
This is one of Mary Pickford's last films, and although she is no longer playing a little girl, the themes are similar to ones found in earlier Pickford movies. Read more
Published on January 18, 2011 by Sara Brideson
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful romantic comedy and a fitting final silent film by...
Mary Pickford, who will always be forever known as "America's Sweetheart" and a pioneer of early Hollywood and shaping the industry but also for being the first talent who had so... Read more
Published on June 16, 2010 by Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
5.0 out of 5 stars High School students
I presented this movie to my High School English classes as a historical introduction to The Great Gatsby. At first they were determined to hate any movie without sound. Read more
Published on March 18, 2009 by Dorilea
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Romantic, Funny
Did you know Mary Pickford met her 3rd husband, Charles "Buddy" Rogers during casting for this film? Anyway, that's what gives this movie an extra intrigue for me. Read more
Published on April 3, 2008 by Bea Shalla
5.0 out of 5 stars When You Gotta Pick a Pickford Flick...
This is the Pickford Flick to Pick!

You simply can't go wrong with MY BEST GIRL. The plot is one you've seen a million times, but it just doesn't matter. Read more
Published on June 17, 2005 by Jason Liller
3.0 out of 5 stars For Pickford fans especially
Mind you, I like silent films, but---if you are not particularly clued-in herein---you should be aware that many silents have a reputation that just cannot be second-guessed. Read more
Published on November 10, 2004 by brian komyathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic
Very funny movie. The story line was great... it was so cute. I would recommend this movie to anyone, young and old!
Published on May 30, 2003
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