A Fighting Colleen

A Fighting Colleen is a 1919 American silent comedy drama film[1] directed by David Smith[1] and produced by Vitagraph Company of America.[1] It stars Bessie Love and Charles Spere.

A Fighting Colleen
Lantern slide for the film
Directed byDavid Smith
Screenplay byGerald C. Duffy[1]
Story byGerald C. Duffy[1]
CinematographyCharles R. Seeling[2]
Release date
  • November 22, 1919 (1919-11-22)
Running time
5 reels[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The film is presumed lost.[3]


Alannah Malone (Love), an Irish immigrant living in a tenement, who sells newspapers to make a living. When her mother dies, she engages in fistfights to defend her territory from newsboys. One particular newsboy (Spere) falls for her after she beats him up. The tenement in which Alannah lives is owned by the city's unjust mayor. When the District Attorney announces his candidacy for mayor, Alannah aids his campaign by gathering evidence to expose the mayor as a hypocrite.[1][4]


  • Bessie Love as Alannah Malone[1]
  • Anne Schaefer as Mother Malone
  • Charles Spere as Jimmy Meehan
  • Jay Morley as Stanton Colby
  • George Kunkel as Mortimer Wall
  • Beulah Clark as Maggie O'Higgins


Press for the film likened it to Mary Pickford's Daddy Long Legs and Mabel Normand's Mickey.[5] The film received positive reviews, and did well at the box office.[6]


  1. Hamlin, Tom (November 22, 1919). "A Fighting Colleen (Vitagraph)". Motion Picture News. Vol. 20 no. 22. p. 3789.
  2. Love, Bessie (1977). From Hollywood with Love: An Autobiography of Bessie Love. London: Elm Tree Books. p. 150. OCLC 734075937.
  3. "A Fighting Colleen / David Smith [motion picture]". Library of Congress.
  4. Monroe, Mary Denham (December 1919). "The Fighting Colleen". Picture-Play Magazine. Vol. 11 no. 4. pp. 45–48, 101.
  5. "Shortt's Theatre". Evening Post. 99 (109). Melbourne. May 8, 1920. p. 3.
  6. Various contemporaneous reviews:
    • Perry, Will C. (May 22, 1920). "Vitagraph". Exhibitors Herald. Vol. 10 no. 21. p. 80. This is a winsome little play, and the star does herself credit. Good house.
    • "Vitagraph". Exhibitors Herald. Vol. 11 no. 10. September 4, 1920. p. 116. Pleased our patrons. Well worth considering. Love a very pleasing star.
    • "Vitagraph". Motion Picture News. Vol. 21 no. 14. March 27, 1920. p. 2986. An entertaining comedy drama.
    • Miles, A. N. (August 7, 1920). "Vitagraph". Exhibitors Herald. Vol. 11 no. 6. p. 81. A likable little picture with a pleasing star whose work deserves bigger and better plays. Rain hurt business, but those who saw it like it.

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