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Mary Pickford’s favourite films were revealed in the January 1924, Vol. XXV, No. 2 edition of Photoplay magazine, in which she was reported saying: “The important thing in pictures is not the story but the treatment. Setting, acting, story may all be splendid but it’s the treatment that lifts a picture out of mediocrity” (p.29). On this basis, it was noted that her favourite films included Robin Hood (1922), The Birth of a Nation (1915), Deception (1921), A Woman of Paris (1923), Tol’able David (1921), Over the Hill (1920), The Kid (1921), Blood and Sand (1921), Seventeen (1916) and Smilin’ Through (1922). Not surprisingly, almost half of these films were either United Artists releases, or past films in which United Artists co-founders had been involved. Despite the inevitable personal bias, it is interesting to see that she did not mention a single film in which she had appeared, though she did give a nod to her younger brother Jack in Seventeen. Perhaps too modest, this list should have her 1919 film Daddy Long Legs (Klaus Ming April 2016).