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Little Miss Smiles
Director: Jack Ford (Dir)
Release Date:   15 Jan 1922
Duration (in feet):   4,884
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Shirley Mason (Esther Aaronson)  
    Gaston Glass (Dr. Jack Washton)  
    George Williams (Papa Aaronson)  
    Martha Franklin (Mama Aaronson)  
    Arthur Rankin (Davie Aaronson)  
    Alfred Testa (Louis Aaronson)  
    Richard Lapan (Leon Aaronson)  
    Sidney D'Albrook ("The Spider")  
    Baby Blumfield (Baby Aaronson)  

Summary: The Aaronson family, who live in a New York tenement, suffer many hardships according to their station in life, but their worst sorrow occurs when Mama Aaronson is diagnosed as going blind. While Davie wishes to become a prizefighter, his parents strenuously object to his ambition. On the other hand, their cheerful young daughter Esther is beloved by a popular young doctor, Jack Washton. Davie falls into bad company and shoots a gangster who insults his sister; he is eventually cleared of the crime, however, and Esther marries Dr. Jack. 

Production Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Director: Jack Ford (Dir)
Producer: William Fox (Pres)
Writer: Jack Strumwasser (Scen)
  Dorothy Yost (Scen)
Photography: David Abel (Dir of photog)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the novel Little Aliens by Myra Kelly (New York, 1910).
Authors: Myra Kelly

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
William Fox 15/1/1922 dd/mm/yyyy LP17483

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Melodrama
Sub-Genre: Domestic
Subjects (Major): Blindness
  Brothers and sisters
  Family life
  New York City

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   18 Feb 22   p. 867.
Film Daily   22 Jan 1922.   
MPW   28 Jan 22   p.428.
MPW   11 Feb 1922 p. 656.   
Variety   10 Feb 22   p. 34.

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