Amanda Afflick is a lovesick laundress who daydreams about customer Horace Greensmith and cherishes the shirt he brought in for washing eight months and sixteen days ago. She tells her fellow workers that the garment belongs to her fiancé, a lord. Just wait, Amanda boasts, one day his lordship will return for his wash — and for her. Mary Pickford is heartbreaking as a lonely working girl so desperate for love that she tells her troubles to the laundry’s delivery horse. But when Amanda rescues the nag from the glue factory and brings him home with her to her tenement flat, the result is a huge and hilarious ruckus.
Suds is a bittersweet tale that originally ended with Amanda abandoned by her "fiancé," sadly musing "Who could love me? Who could? Nobody never won’t." This conclusion struck some audiences as too tragic, so two alternative happy endings were filmed — one for the American release, one for international releases. This edition includes all three final scenes.
Cinematographer Charles Rosher used expressionistic lighting to help convey the powerful emotions in the working class melodrama. Half Broken Blossoms, half Chaplin comedy — Suds is one of Mary Pickford’s finest and most modern films.
Produced by the Mary Pickford Company for United Artists. Director: Jack Dillon. Cinematography by Charles Rosher and L.W. O’Connell. Original score by the Mont Alto Orchestra. American version courtesy of the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division. Produced by the Mary Pickford Institute and Timeline Films for Milestone Film & Video.
DVD features the restored version with the orchestral score by Mont Alto, the riginal foreign release of Suds (67 minutes) with an organ score by Gaylord Carter, the alternate happy ending for the foreign version with a score by the Mont Alto Orchestra, a short side-by-side comparison of the foreign and American versions and a short loc on Mary and Doug, Birth of a Legend (27 minutes. 1966.).
Also available in 35mm prints for theatrical and nontheatrical screenings. Contact Milestone for price and availability!
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