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Less Than the Dust (1916)

Young Hindu woman Radha, becomes best friends with Captain Raymond Townsend during his service in India, but he soon goes back to England to tend to the estate of an uncle who has just died... See full summary »

Director:

John Emerson

Writer:

Hector Turnbull (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Radha
David Powell ... Capt. Richard Townsend
Frank Losee ... Capt. Bradshaw
Mary Alden ... Mrs. Bradshaw
Mario Majeroni Mario Majeroni ... Ramlan
Cesare Gravina Cesare Gravina ... Jawan
Francis Joyner ... A Derelict
Russell Bassett ... Ahmed
Walter Morgan Walter Morgan ... Bhesstie
Merceita Esmond Merceita Esmond ... A Gossip (as Mercita Esmonde)
Nathaniel Sack Nathaniel Sack ... Undetermined Role
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Young Hindu woman Radha, becomes best friends with Captain Raymond Townsend during his service in India, but he soon goes back to England to tend to the estate of an uncle who has just died. Then, Ramlan, the sword maker who raised Radha, is arrested for taking part in an anti-British uprising, and before he goes to jail, he decides to tell Radha the story of her birth, her real father, Captain Brooke, died of a drug overdose, and her destitute mother then entrusted her to Ramlan. After learning about her background, Radha goes to England to claim her rightful inheritance from the estate of her late grandfather, who is also Raymond's uncle. Raymond is delighted to discover that his Hindu friend is really a white woman, and after dividing the estate with Radha, he brings the fortune back together by marrying her. Written by Pamela Short

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MARY PICKFORD IN THE FIRST SUPERIOR PRODUCTION UNDER HER OWN ARTISTIC GUIDANCE (Print Ad- The Bellingham Herald,((Bellingham, Wash.)) 30 November 1916)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hindupigen Part 2: Kærlighedens Triumf See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mary Pickford Company See more »
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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Alpha DVD offers the unrestored version, with the final conclusion missing, although the outcome of the story is apparent by this time. See more »

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Less Than the Dust
(1901)
from "Indian Love Lyrics"
Music by Amy Woodford-Finden
Lyrics by Lawrence Hope
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America's Sweetheart Plays A Hindu In India
6 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Mary Pickford is a middle-caste Indian girl -- her father is a swordsmith. When British army officer David Powell is kind to her, she develops a yen for him. However, the locals rise up and matters grow very complicated.

Pickford is charming as a hard-nosed young woman who drives a hard bargain and isn't above filching food or a bolt of cloth. Powell is there to play the conventional upright love interest and certainly does so adequately. He was an accomplished actor, having come out of Beerbohm-Tree's company. His death at 41 in 1926 is a shame.

Mostly, though, this movie is another chance for Little Mary to play an exotic creature in an exotic land, as her vehicles in this period would have her, and she does so very nicely. The India in this movie directed by John Emerson is a place of caste and hatred and temples and sacred pools and cows, all of which are carefully explained in the titles. Most of the comic bits occur in the final third in the movie, when she has wound up in England.

What survives is a nice movie, although the last reel was missing from the print I saw. Rumor claims there is a complete 35 mm. print. It is undoubtedly on the Pickford Foundation's To Do list, although I expect that with the casual racism and hatred between Hindu and Muslim in Indian, it's nowhere near the top. Still, someday.


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