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Suds (1920)

Mary Pickford  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mary Pickford
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Silent
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WFXUS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,304 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Amanda Afflick is a lovesick laundress who daydreams about customer Horace Greensmith and cherishes the shirt he brought in for washing eight months and sixteen days ago. She tells her fellow workers that the garment belongs to her fiance, a lord. Just wait, Amanda boasts; one day his lordship will return for his wash - and for her. Mary Pickford is heartbreaking as a lonely working girl so desperate for love that she tells her troubles to the laundry's delivery horse. But when Amanda rescues the nag from the glue factory and brings him home with her to her tenement flat, the result is a huge and hilarious ruckus. This bittersweet tale originally ended with Amanda abandoned by her "fiance," sadly musing "Who could love me? Who could? Nobody never won't." This conclusion struck some audiences as too tragic, so two alternative happy endings were filmed - one for the American release, one for international releases. This edition includes all three final scenes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "America's Sweetheart" makes good !!! May 4, 2008
Suds is a very good Mary Pickford vehicle that showcases Mary's excellent acting skills combined with some Chaplinesque features including a lot more slapstick that you usually find in a Mary Pickford film. The acting is very convincing and the plot moves along rather well although one or two scenes could have been tightened up a bit.

When the action begins, Amanda Afflick (Mary Pickford) is a poor, impoverished laundress working for slave wages in terrible conditions in an old London launderette. Her boss, Mrs. Didier (Rose Dione), is not exactly the kind type; and Mary spends much of her time daydreaming about a man named Horace Greensmith (Albert Austin) who dropped off his shirt to be laundered--a mere eight months and 16 days ago! Mary even finds time to wash and re-wash Horace's shirt twice every week as she patiently waits for him to come and pick up his shirt--and claim her for his bride-to-be, she hopes.

Of course, the other women who work in the launderette merely make fun of Amanda and blame Amanda for anything wrong that happens. However, it isn't all that tough to watch; there are some funny slapstick elements. There's an especially well done scene in which Amanda and Mrs. Didier accidentally go sliding down the laundry chute together and when Mary laughs at Mrs. Didier you can't help but identify with Mary.

There's also a fine subplot about the launderette's old horse Lavender who carries the heavy wagon full or clothing orders all over London every day; he is rescued by Mary who spends all the money she has left to spare Lavender from the glue factory. This is very well done; and look for a fine performance from Harold Goodwin as Benjamin Pillsbury Jones, the man who drives the laundry cart and who secretly desires to be Mary's boyfriend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Altogether a good and interesting DVD May 12, 2005
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There are several features of this DVD that make it interesting and different from the usual Mary Pickford DVDs. For a start, Mary's role in "Suds" is far removed from the `sweet little girl with long golden curls' image she has become most famous for, and anyone not so keen on films in which she plays a child-like young girl might find "Suds" more entertaining. Another change from the usual and popular image is the setting: a poor, working-class district of London at the turn of the century where women slave in steaming basement laundries day in and day out, leading one of them (Mary) to escape this drudgery by daydreaming about a certain gentleman customer. The sets, photography and well-suited musical score combine to express the mood very well, and some charming moments of comedy prevent the picture becoming too gloomy and depressing. In fact, the original ending was deemed too sad and heartbreaking for audiences who generally preferred a fairytale happy ending, especially in the every-popular Pickford films of the 1920s, resulting in not one, but two alternative happy endings being made! Both of these are on the DVD, as well as a separate short segment explaining the further differences between the American and overseas releases, which I found particularly fascinating. But perhaps most striking about "Suds" is how `America's Sweetheart' manages to distort her face and appear more like a very average-looking, unhappy working woman; even her walk and stooped stance adds to this sad character, so in this respect "Suds" allows Pickford to express other facets of her acting talents and gives audiences a bit of a change. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Chaplinesque September 12, 2006
This 1920 feature is often seen as being rather influenced by Mary Pickford's good friend Charlie Chaplin, because there's a good deal of slapstick here, as well as drama interwoven with pathos. The story is simple enough; homely young Amanda Afflick works in Madame Didier's French laundry in a part of London that doesn't exactly seem very well-to-do. Amanda often gets into trouble with Madame Didier (and the other girls and women she works with) because she spends a lot of time daydreaming and goofing off instead of paying more attention to her duties as a laundress. Her biggest daydream is that Horace Greensmith, Esquire, will return for the shirt he dropped off 8 months and 16 days ago, and that when he returns, he'll take her with him as his bride. Amanda even makes up a whole story for her co-workers about how she's really a duchess and Horace was her sweetheart, but her cruel father cast both of them out into the cold because he disapproved of their love and wanted Amanda to experience life like anyone else, and to be loved for herself, not because she had fancy clothes and expensive jewelry. There's also a subplot concerning Lavender, the laundry's worn-out old horse who pulls their delivery wagon, and Amanda's attempts to save him from the glue factory and to give him a good life in a nice place after so many years of hard work.

This story does have the usual Pickford charm, but for some reason I can't quite articulate, it never really gets off of the ground or goes anywhere. The plot could have been a little tighter and more concentrated, with more character development. Perhaps it could have been aided by a longer length (the film runs barely over an hour), or perhaps some of the more superfluous scenes could have been cut down or edited out altogether.
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