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Silents and Shamrocks

Mabel Normand

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and to pay tribute to Mabel Normand during Women’s History Month, we feature this shamrock-bearing sheet music cover for “Molly O (I Love You).”

The song was written for the 1921 film Molly O’, based on Mack Sennett’s tender love story of an Irish girl’s struggle to overcome her lowly beginnings. Mabel Normand plays Molly O'Dair, the penniless daughter of an Irish washerwoman and a ditchdigger who falls in love with a millionaire bachelor.

Academy, Mary Pickford Foundation Celebrate Silent Film With Two Restored Classics 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Mary Pickford Foundation will continue their annual celebration of silent film with screenings of two silent film classics from 1928 – “The Crowd” on Tuesday, October 22, and “The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg” on Thursday, October 24 – at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  Film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, who supervised the restoration of both films, will introduce the screenings, which feature a stereo m

The Academy returns to 1913 with films from a century ago.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates a creative turning point in cinema history with a screening of shorts and feature excerpts from 1913 in “A Century Ago: The Films of 1913” on Friday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.