Tagline – Have You Seen It Yet?
Starring – Mary Pickford (Maggie Johnson), Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers (Joe Grant), Sunshine Hart (Ma Johnson), Lucien Littlefield (Pa Johnson).
Released – October, 1927
Directed By – Sam Taylor
Produced By – Mary Pickford Company
Distributed By – United Artists
Description – Joe Merrill has got something to prove. Joe is the son of millionaire Robert E. Merrill, who made his fortune with a chain of 5 and 10 cent stores, and is determined to prove that he can make it on his own, without his father’s influence. To do this, he changes his name to Joe Grant and takes a job in the stockroom of one of his father’s stores.
Also working in the stockroom is Maggie Johnson. During a particularly exhausting day, Maggie is given a break from the stockroom and asked to cover the sales counter. While working the counter a handsome young man, who is interested in meeting her, inquires about some children’s toys.
As she demonstrates some toys for him, the store manager approaches and hands the young man a time card. The manager, who does not know the young man is the owner’s son, introduces him to Maggie as new employee Joe Grant.
Annoyed by Joe’s deception, Maggie is asked to take him back to the stockroom and get him started. It doesn’t take long for Maggie to determine that this young man is pretty enept. She promises to take “the dumbest stockboy in the world” under her wing and properly train him.
Within a few days, Maggie begins to develop a crush on Joe and the pair begin to flirt with each other. Maggie invites Joe to supper with her family, but cautions him that her family is a bit “off kilter.”
Her elderly dad is a meek postal worker, her mom is an overly dramatic woman who enjoys going to random funeral’s, and her sister is a “flapper” with a boyfriend who always seems to be getting her into trouble. A great deal of commotion at Maggie’s house causes the supper invitation to be posponed.
Joe returns the dinner invitation by asking Maggie to dinner at the Merrill Mansion. He tells her that the company loves to promote a family atmosphere and has an employee to dinner at the mansion regularly. She accepts and suggests that they should, out of respectability, claim that they are Mr. and Mrs. Grant.
This is where the trouble begins. Mrs. Merrill has planned this particular dinner to be a surprise engagement party for Joe and society girl Millicent Rogers. It is Mrs. Merrill’s hope that Joe will marry into the proper level of society. Joe is totally unaware of this plan.
Joe’s family is surprised at the presence of Maggie, and her lack of fromal dinner habits embarass her to the point of hiding under the table. And it is at this very moment that Millicent arrives and kisses Joe.
Maggie’s heart is now broken, and to make matters worse, her sister has again gotten into trouble and may be going to prison. The romantic scandal turns up as a headline in the next day’s newspaper. Joe’s father plans on sending Joe to Hawaii until everything blows over and tries to buy Maggie off with a check for $10,000.
It now seems as though everything has fallen apart for Maggie, but perhaps there is still a way that love will conquer all.
NOTABLE: My Best Girl received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography.
This motion picture was the last silent film for Mary Pickford. Ten years later, she and co-star Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers would become man and wife.
The Village Voice has declared My Best Girl to be Mary Pickford’s finest romantic comedy.
Lucien Littlefield, who played Maggie’s “old codger” father, was actually three years younger than Pickford.
To prepare for this role, Mary Pickford (incognito) took a job as a sales clerk to get a feel for her character.