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Mary Ellen Comes to Town

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Mary Ellen Comes to Town
Still with Kate Bruce and Dorothy Gish
Directed byElmer Clifton
Screenplay byWells Hastings (scenario)
Helen G. Smith (story)
Produced byThomas H. Ince
StarringDorothy Gish
Kate Bruce
Ralph Graves
Adolph Lestina
Charles K. Gerrard
Raymond Cannon
CinematographyGeorge W. Hill
New Art Film Company
Artcraft Pictures Corporation
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • March 21, 1920 (1920-03-21)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Mary Ellen Comes to Town is a 1920 American silent comedy film directed by Elmer Clifton and written by Wells Hastings and Helen G. Smith. The film stars Dorothy Gish, Kate Bruce, Ralph Graves, Adolph Lestina, Charles K. Gerrard, and Raymond Cannon. The film was released on March 21, 1920, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2] It is not known whether the film currently survives.[3][4]


As described in a film magazine,[5] Mary Ellen (Gish) lives in a very small and unprogressive village, her entertainment being to watch the New York City train that passes through each day. A lucky chance gives her a card of introduction to a New York theatrical producer, and she goes to the city, innocently engaging as an entertainer at the Coster Cabaret, which is the headquarters of Willie the Weasel (Gerrard) and his band. The Weasel seeks to obtain the fortune recently inherited by Bob Fairacres (Graves), also of Mary Ellen's village, though she does not know it. The Weasel forces Mary Ellen to aid him by throwing suspicion of robbery on her. She carries through the plan to the critical moment when she tells Bob the truth, and they are saved when the police raid the cabaret. Bab and Mary Ellen return to their village and to happiness.



  1. ^ Janiss Garza (2015). "Mary-Ellen-Comes-to-Town - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on June 19, 2015. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "Mary Ellen Comes to Town". Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Mary Ellen Comes to Town at
  4. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..Mary Ellen Comes to Town
  5. ^ "Reviews: Mary Ellen Comes to Town". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (14): 66. April 3, 1920.

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