A pictorial history of the movies (1943)

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86 GRIFFITH TURNS A PAGE Mary Pickford's contract with Famous Players ex- pired in 1918, and between Liberty Loan drives she seized the opportunity to become her own producer. She made three pictures, releasing them through First National. One of them was the famous Daddy Long Legs; another, in which she appears here with Ralph Lewis, was The Hoodlum (1919). BELOW Intolerance, despite its importance in retrospect, had been a costly failure for Griffith, and he was now forced to consider expenses in making a picture. His production of Broken Blossoms, in 1919, proved that a Griffith picture did not have to be a spectacle to be a success. Founded on Thomas Burke's short story, "The Chink and the Child," the film was one of Griffith's most profitable, considering its compara- tively moderate cost. Sentimental as it would seem now, Broken Blossoms was a pioneer work, for it successfully handled a theme considered sordid and depressing. It served also to heighten Lillian Gish's reputation as a screen personality. She appears here in a scene with Donald Crisp.