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The action begins when little Jeanne's mother, Louise (Gertrude Astor), decides to marry a rather selfish and unfeeling rich man named Elton Reeves (Wilfred Lucas). Elton convinces Louise that to be happy they must live in America and leave Jeanne behind in Belgium with Jeanne's nursemaid, Marie (Helen Raymond). Louise dislikes it but eventually she agrees to leave little Jeanne behind in Marie's care.
Five years pass and when Louis comes to get Jeanne, Marie hatches a plan to keep Jeanne as her own. Jeanne and Marie have a strong bond and Marie couldn't bear to lose Jeanne. Marie lies to Louise and tells Louise that Jeanne drowned in a river and is dead. Louise greaves for her lost daughter and eventually the stress of it all takes a toll on Louise's marriage to the still selfish Elton.
Meanwhile, World War I breaks out and Marie feels forced to get Jeanne to safety in America with her birth mother. Marie and Jeanne have an emotional parting and Jeanne goes to America to find her mother. Along the way the kindly Jeanne picks up two orphaned boys stuck alongside the road; this helps to flesh out Jeanne's character as a good, motherly type of person.
Once Jeanne gets to America, she travels to her mother's estate but for some reason Jeanne can't bring herself to tell her mother that she is her lost daughter. Instead Jeanne settles for work as a maid at her mother's estate.Read more ›
The second treat on this DVD is one of Mary's earliest feature films, "Cinderella", made in 1914, and although the picture quality is often rather faded and not as good as "Through the Back Door", the exceptionally beautiful musical accompaniment makes up for any visual shortcomings. Furthermore, the sets, characters and not in the least Mary's excellent portrayal of Cinderella also make this one-hour early feature film a delight to watch.Read more ›
Cinderella is the other film (bonus) on the dvd. This one delights on two levels: Pickford (of course) and the story which was far more faithful to the Grimm tale than any of the modern pieces I have watched. Having said that, it was a bit antiquated in its portrayal of fairies and sets, but overall was a splendid work. Watch for the strikingly modern stop-action "nightmare" cinderella has after she goes to sleep after coming home after midnight!
If you're a thoughtful person who enjoys emotional justice, then you should buy this dvd. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
1914's Cinderella is included as an extra feature. The way the story is delivered is very antiquated, but it gives it a nostalgic feeling. Mary plays Cinderella and her first husband, Owen Moore, plays the prince. The print is okay although it has a lot of scratches still, and the score is decent outside of the annoying periodic vocals. It is interesting how developed the technology of film was at this point in time; it uses double exposures and dissolves many times. This film is not one to watch constantly since everyone knows the story and it doesn't have anything extra-special to offer, but it is a nice curiosity to supplement the first film.
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Through the Back Door looks great and is a charming story. Everything looks original on this film. The other film, Cinderella, looks ok and has no original titles anywhere. Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by larryj1
The main attraction on this disc is 1921's 'Through the Back Door,' which follows Jeanne (Mary Pickford) through three parts of her life. Read morePublished on November 10, 2005 by Anyechka