As part of their ongoing commitment to the celebration of silent cinema history Barbican and IFI present this emigrant comedy about a young Irish girl who goes to America disguised as a boy in order to claim a fortune left to her late brother. Marion Davies shines as Patricia O’Day, masquerading impishly as a boy and cleverly negotiating the world of high finance, steam ships and bare-knuckle boxing while falling in love with her cousin Larry Delavan (Harrison Ford). Directed by Sidney Olcott (formerly of Kalem Films 1910 – 1915), who was no stranger to Irish emigrant drama, and lavishly produced by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst (with whom Davies was romantically involved) the film was a huge box office success.
The screening will be accompanied by Morgan Cooke, an accomplished and versatile musician who will play piano, melodica and harp and will conduct a delightful audience singalong.
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Image: from Little Old New York, provided courtesy of IFI Irish Film Archive