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Johanna Enlists

Johanna Enlists
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Film poster
Directed byWilliam Desmond Taylor
Written byFrances Marion
Based onThe Mobilization of Johanna
by Rupert Hughes
Produced byMary Pickford
StarringMary Pickford
CinematographyCharles Rosher
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 15, 1918 (1918-09-15)
Running time
5 reels; 4,388 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Mary Pickford from film in 1918
Mary Pickford from film in 1918

Johanna Enlists is a 1918 silent film comedy drama produced by and starring Mary Pickford with distribution by Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by William Desmond Taylor from a short story by Rupert Hughes, The Mobilization of Johanna. Frances Marion, a frequent Pickford collaborator, wrote the scenario. The film was made at a time during World War I when sentimental or patriotic films were immensely popular. It was an early starring vehicle for Monte Blue, the male lead opposite Pickford. The film survives in several prints, including one at the Library of Congress.[1][2][3]

Plot

As described in a film magazine,[4] Johanna Renssaller (Pickford), an uncouth, freckled country lass, works from dawn until late at night. Her only love affairs were with the hired man and a "beautiful brakeman" on the railroad. The hired man proved to be married and the brakeman proved impossible. She prayed for a beau, and then a whole regiment of soldiers came along and camped on the farm. Everyone from Captain Archie van Renssaller (MacLean) down to Private Vibbard (Blue) fell in love with her, ate her pies, and sat in her hammock. She took milk baths and tried Isadora Duncan style calisthenics and finally fell in love with Captain van Renssaller. When the troops moved on, she rode at the head of the officer staff.

Cast

Reception

Like many American films of the time, Johanna Enlists was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required a cut, in Reel 4, of views of a nude figure in a book.[5]

References

  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature films: 1911–20 published by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Johanna Enlists at silentera.com
  3. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, p. 93 by The American Film Institute, c. 1978
  4. ^ "Reviews: Johanna Enlists". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (14): 28. September 28, 1918.
  5. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (17): 43. October 19, 1918.


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