Flirtatious southern flapper Norma Besant (Mary Pickford) falls in love with mountaineer Michael Jeffrey (John Mack Brown). Her physician father's (John Sainpolis) disapproval triggers tragic consequences.
Mary Pickford won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance.
Mary Pickford definitely took steps to distance herself from her silent film child roles! This is such a different part for her -- and perhaps what's most surprising of all is her bobbed haircut. Such a change from all those years of ringlets! Unfortunately, most of her fans didn't take to her in more 'grown-up' roles, and Mary retired from films just a few years later.
I do like Mary's silent films best. But she certainly didn't win the Academy Award for no reason! Her performance is very good; she played the emotional range perfectly, and was still incredibly youthful-looking and beautiful. It was a bit strange hearing her voice for the first time with a southern accent, though!
The story itself certainly set the stage for all those later talkies centered around willful Southern belles. ; ) It's important to remember that Coquette was a very early talkie, and problems with dialogue and productions seeming too 'stage-y' were common. But the film really did a good job of focusing on the characters in a time of Southern pride and honor -- traits which definitely were a huge deal then. The ending scenes were excellent.
Definitely a must-see for fans of Mary Pickford and / or early talkies! I really enjoyed seeing it.
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