Production Company: Pickford Corporation
Distributor: United Artists
Top Billed Actors: Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Matt Moore
IMDb Rating: 7.4
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Won 1 Oscar:
Best Actress - Mary Pickford
Plot: A popular southern belle doesn't stop talking and her stubborn father shoots two people.
I did not like much about this film but one thing I did like was the court room scene in the end. A romantic drama suddenly shifted gears and turned into a brief court drama. The ending was a surprise to me and had me shocked. Although many of the plot points were predictable, the actions in the court room were not.
I would like to commend an Academy award winning acting performance but Pickford's attempt here does not hold up well. I did enjoy it better than Warner Baxter's winning performance in In Old Arizona (1928), but Pickford was not able to transfer her silent acting talent to sound pictures. The acting was poor all around. Johnny Mack Brown (Pickford's character's love interest) and William Janney (Pickford's brother) turned out terrible performances. The film itself was set up like a play so the poor acting really stood out. Most other aspects of this film was poorly executed as well but I don't want to spend too much time on this as this wasn't a Best Picture nominee.
Overall, Pickford's first talkie is not worth watching. A slow story and overly dramatic and extended dialogue scenes make this another example of Hollywood's rugged transition into sound features.
My Score: 4/10