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Sentimental Tommy
Director: John S. Robertson (Dir)
Release Date:   29 May 1921
Duration (in feet):   7,575-7,876
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Gareth Hughes (Tommy Sandys, an author)  
    May McAvoy (Grizel, his sweetheart)  
    Mabel Taliaferro (The Painted Lady)  
    George Fawcett (Dr. McQueen)  
    Harry L. Coleman (Corporal Shiach)  
    Leila Frost (Elspeth Sandys)  
    Kempton Greene (Dr. David Gemmell)  
    Virginia Valli (Lady Alice Pippinworth)  
    Kate Davenport (Gavinia)  
    Alfred Kappeler (The Little Minister)  
    Malcolm Bradley (Dominoe Cathro)  

Summary: The people of Thrums ostracize Grizel, a child of 12, and her mother, known as The Painted Lady, until newcomer Tommy Sandys, a highly imaginative boy, comes to the girl's rescue and they become inseparable friends. Six years later Tommy returns from London, where he has achieved success as an author, and finds that Grizel still loves him. In a sentimental gesture he proposes, but she, realizing that he does not love her, rejects him. In London, Tommy is lionized by Lady Pippinworth, and he follows her to Switzerland. Having lost her mother and believing that Tommy needs her, Grizel comes to him but is overcome by grief to see his love for Lady Pippinworth. Remorseful, Tommy returns home, and after his careful nursing Grizel regains her sanity. 

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures  
Director: John S. Robertson (Dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
Writer: Josephine Lovett (Scen)
Photography: Roy Overbaugh (Dir of photog)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the novel Sentimental Tommy by James Matthew Barrie, James Matthew Barrie (1895) Tommy and Grizel .
Authors: James Matthew Barrie
  James Matthew Barrie

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp. 27/5/1921 dd/mm/yyyy LP16592

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Melodrama
Subjects (Major): Authors
  London (England)

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