Lovey Mary

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Lovey Mary
Lovey Mary.jpg
Directed byKing Baggot
Written byAgnes Christine Johnston
Charles Maigne
George Marion, Jr. (titles)
Based onLovey Mary (novel)
by Alice Hegan Rice[1]
StarringBessie Love
William Haines
Mary Alden
CinematographyIra H. Morgan
Edited byFrank Davis
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • June 26, 1926 (1926-06-26) (U.S.)
Running time
7 reels; 6,167 feet[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Lovey Mary is a 1926 American comedy-drama film directed by King Baggot, with Bessie Love in the title role. It is based on the 1903 novel of the same name by Alice Hegan Rice, a sequel to Rice's Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch.[3] It was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The film survives, but is incomplete.[4]


Lovey Mary (Love) runs away from an orphanage with Tommy (Combs) so that he will not have to return to his bad mother. Lovey and Tommy stay at the home of Miss Hazey (Ogden), who is about to marry a man whom she knows only from correspondence.

Billy Wiggs (Haines) lives next door, and Lovey works with his sisters in a factory to earn money for herself and Tommy. On the day of Miss Hazey's wedding, her fiancee recognizes Lovey from the orphanage and reveals her true identity. Lovey and Billy plan to marry and adopt Tommy.[5][6]



To help her decide whether to participate in the film, MGM lent Bessie Love a copy of the novel Lovey Mary by Alice Hegan Rice in 1925—then-valued at $25 (equivalent to $390 in 2021). Love never returned the book.[7]


  1. ^ Rice, Alice Hegan (1903). Lovey Mary. New York, NY: The Century Co. LCCN 03005787. OCLC 669917717.
  2. ^ "Star, Story Type, Review and Footage Here; Short Subjects Separated from Features". Moving Picture World. November 13, 1926. p. 111.
  3. ^ Bennett, Carl (July 18, 2015). "Progressive Silent Film List: Lovey Mary". Silent Era.
  4. ^ "American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Lovey Mary / King Baggot". Library of Congress.
  5. ^ Munden, Kenneth W., ed. (1971). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films 1921–1930. New York: R.R. Bowker Company. pp. 464–5. OCLC 664500075.
  6. ^ Motion Picture News Booking Guide. October 1926. p. 36.
  7. ^ Love, Bessie (February 6, 1970). "The Readers' Corner". The Christian Science Monitor. p. 12.

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