Fanchon the Cricket

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Fanchon, the Cricket
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Directed byJames Kirkwood
Written byJames Kirkwood (scenario)
Frances Marion (scenario)
Based onLa Petite Fadette
by George Sand
StarringMary Pickford
Jack Standing
CinematographyEdward Wynard
Famous Players Film Company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 10, 1915 (1915-05-10) (United States)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Fanchon, the Cricket is a 1915 American silent drama film produced by Famous Players Film Company and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is based on a novel, La Petite Fadette by George Sand. It was directed by James Kirkwood and stars Mary Pickford, now working for Adolph Zukor and Daniel Frohman. A previous film version of the story was released in 1912 by IMP (later Universal) and directed by Herbert Brenon.[1]

Fanchon, the Cricket is the only film to feature all three Pickford siblings: Mary (in the lead role), Lottie, and Jack Pickford. Milton Berle, Fred, and Adele Astaire are also listed among the cast. Astaire biographer Tim Satchell maintains that the film is the only one to feature the dancing duo of Fred and Adele Astaire. Fred Astaire later said he had no recollection of working on the film.[2] All three roles have yet to be positively confirmed.



The film was released in New Zealand in late 1915, playing in Wellington at the People's Picture Palace in mid-December,[3] and playing through January in Greytown.[4]


  1. ^ Braff, Richard E. (1999). The Universal Silents: A Filmography Of the Universal Motion Picture Manufacturing Company, 1912–1929. McFarland. p. 142. ISBN 0-7864-0287-3.
  2. ^ Levinson, Peter (2009). Puttin' On the Ritz: Fred Astaire and the Fine Art of Panache, A Biography. Macmillan. p. 18. ISBN 0-312-35366-9.
  3. ^ People's Picture Palace. Evening Post. Volume XC. Issue 146. 17 December 1915. p 2. Retrieved 13 June 2016
  4. ^ Amusements. Wairarapa Daily Times. Volume LXX. Issue 14474. 7 January 1916. p 3. Retrieved 13 June 2016

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