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|Directed by||King Baggot|
|Written by||Agnes Christine Johnston|
George Marion, Jr. (titles)
|Based on||Lovey Mary (novel)|
by Alice Hegan Rice
|Cinematography||Ira H. Morgan|
|Edited by||Frank Davis|
|7 reels; 6,167 feet|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Lovey Mary is a 1926 American comedy-drama film directed by King Baggot, with Bessie Love in the title role. It is based on the 1903 novel of the same name by Alice Hegan Rice, a sequel to Rice's Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. It was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
The film survives, but is incomplete.
Lovey Mary (Love) runs away from an orphanage with Tommy (Combs) so that he will not have to return to his bad mother. Lovey and Tommy stay at the home of Miss Hazey (Ogden), who is about to marry a man whom she knows only from correspondence.
Billy Wiggs (Haines) lives next door, and Lovey works with his sisters in a factory to earn money for herself and Tommy. On the day of Miss Hazey's wedding, her fiancee recognizes Lovey from the orphanage and reveals her true identity. Lovey and Billy plan to marry and adopt Tommy.
- Bessie Love as Lovey Mary
- William Haines as Billy Wiggs
- Mary Alden as Mrs. Wiggs
- Vivia Ogden as Miss Hazey (*Ogden reviving the role she played on Broadway in Mrs. Wiggs in 1906)
- Martha Mattox as Miss Bell
- Jackie Combs as Tommy
- Fred Cox as Baby Tommy
- Gloria Holt as Europena
- Mary Jane Irving as Asia
- Annabelle Magnus as Australia
- Eileen Percy as Kate
- Russell Simpson as Stubbins
- Rosa Gore as Miss Eichorn
- Sunshine Hart as Mrs. Chultz
To help her decide whether to participate in the film, MGM lent Bessie Love a copy of the novel Lovey Mary by Alice Hegan Rice in 1925—then-valued at $25 (equivalent to $370 in 2020). Love never returned the book.
- Rice, Alice Hegan (1903). Lovey Mary. New York, NY: The Century Co. LCCN 03005787. OCLC 669917717.
- "Star, Story Type, Review and Footage Here; Short Subjects Separated from Features". Moving Picture World. November 13, 1926. p. 111.
- Bennett, Carl (July 18, 2015). "Progressive Silent Film List: Lovey Mary". Silent Era.
- "American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Lovey Mary / King Baggot". Library of Congress.
- Munden, Kenneth W., ed. (1971). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films 1921–1930. New York: R.R. Bowker Company. pp. 464–5. OCLC 664500075.
- Motion Picture News Booking Guide. October 1926. p. 36.
- Love, Bessie (February 6, 1970). "The Readers' Corner". The Christian Science Monitor. p. 12.
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