|Mary Ellen Comes to Town|
|Directed by||Elmer Clifton|
|Screenplay by||Wells Hastings (scenario)|
Helen G. Smith (story)
|Produced by||Thomas H. Ince|
Charles K. Gerrard
|Cinematography||George W. Hill|
New Art Film Company
Artcraft Pictures Corporation
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Language||Silent (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. It is not known whether the film currently survives.
As described in a film magazine, 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.
- Dorothy Gish as Mary Ellen
- Kate Bruce as Mary Ellen's mother
- Ralph Graves as Bob Fairacres
- Adolph Lestina as Col. Fairacres
- Charles K. Gerrard as William Gurson aka 'Will the Weasel'
- Raymond Cannon as 'Beauty' Bender
- Bert Appling as Hard Harris
- Rhea Haines as Fossie Fleurette
- Janiss Garza (2015). "Mary-Ellen-Comes-to-Town - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on June 19, 2015. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
- "Mary Ellen Comes to Town". afi.com. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
- Progressive Silent Film List: Mary Ellen Comes to Town at silentera.com
- The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..Mary Ellen Comes to Town
- "Reviews: Mary Ellen Comes to Town". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (14): 66. April 3, 1920.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mary Ellen Comes to Town.|
- Mary Ellen Comes to Town at IMDb
- Lobby card at the Dorthy Gish Project
- Still at the Internet Movie Database