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“America’s Sweetheart” To Appear Shortly in Film Made in San Francisco

“Amarilly of Clothesline Alley,” Made in Local Chinatown is Most Distinct Comedy This Star Has Ever Appeared in.

By W. W. Vaughan

Mary Pickford, the Artcraft star who has been greeted by the press with every adjective of endearment, admiration and quality known to the English language, will soon appear in a very appealing story, “Amarilly of Clothesline Alley,” part of which she recently finished filming in San Francisco, at one of the popular photoplay houses of this city at an early date.

“Our Mary” was only able to make part of this picture in San Francisco. During her work here she received so much publicity that crowds came by the thousands to watch her. After a few days of effort she had to discontinue the filming of “Amarilly” here as the strenuous efforts of her director and supporting cast availed naught in keeping them back. She had to return to Los Angeles and build a replica of San Francisco’s Chinatown in order to finish the photoplay.

“Amarilly of Clothesline Alley” is distinctly a comedy—the most humorous plot she has every attempted to portray. Of course “America’s Sweetheart” is Amarilly, a daughter of a tenderhearted washwoman. The whole family work—the boys are messengers and newsboys, while Amarilly is a scrub girl in love with Terry McGowan, a clean sober bartender who is the pride of the Alley.

Things run smoothly until Gordon Phillips, a prominent member of the upper crust is injured in Clothesline Alley. Amarilly cares for him, and after his recovery he gives her a job in his studio, where against his proud mother’s wishes, he falls in love with the little Alley rat. Finally this boy from the upper crust of San Francisco society brings the whole family to live in his mansion. Terry, Amarilly’s old sweetheart, becomes frightfully jealous. Just about the time Amarilly is beginning to sicken of the ways of the rich, her Terry is dangerously injured. She hears and returns to nurse him back to health and happiness to become her own dear husband. The story brings out the impossibility of mixing the people of the lower and upper walks of life and still maintaining happiness.

March 23, 1918