Everybody's Sweetheart (1920 film)

Everybody's Sweetheart is a 1920 American silent comedy-drama film directed by Laurence Trimble and Alan Crosland and written by John Lynch. The film stars Olive Thomas and William Collier, Jr.[1][2] Everybody's Sweetheart was Thomas' final film role and was released nearly a month after her death from acute nephritis (due to accidental ingestion of mercury bichloride) in Paris on September 10, 1920.[3][4]

Everybody's Sweetheart
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Directed byLaurence Trimble
Alan Crosland
Screenplay byJohn Lynch
Story byJohn Lynch
StarringOlive Thomas
William Collier Jr.
CinematographyRobert Newhard
Edited byDuncan Mansfield
Distributed bySelect Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • October 4, 1920 (1920-10-04)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

A copy of Everybody's Sweetheart is preserved in the George Eastman House Motion Picture Collection.[5]


As described in a film magazine,[6] Mary (Thomas) and John (Collier), residents of the county poor farm, have had their lots cast there by a train wreck from which they were taken as babies and the identity of their parents lost. The two are the closest of friends and Mary is everybody's sweetheart about the place. She concentrates her gospel of cheer and kindness of heart, however, on John and old Corporal Joe (Wilson), a Civil War veteran, mothering the two most solicitously. When John is placed out to work on a neighboring farm and there is a change in matrons that makes life at the county farm house unbearable, the Corporal and Mary, the latter in clothes taken from a scarecrow, leave with John accompanying them. Illness of the Corporal forces them to take refuge in the home of the wealthy General Phillip Bingham (Dowling), who proves to be the Corporal's old chief from the war. The General promises the dying veteran that he will take care of Mary. John is engaged to assist the gardener. One day, wearing the uniform of a West Point cadet that he donned while rummaging in the attic, John assumes such a likeness to the General's dear and disowned son that he is proved to be a son of the latter. Both John and Mary are offered the shelter of the General's home with the expectation that they will marry when they come of age.



  1. "Everybody's Sweetheart". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  2. Vogel, Michelle (2008). Olive Thomas: The Life and Death of a Silent Film Beauty. McFarland. p. 183. ISBN 0-786-45526-8.
  3. "Bichloride of Mercury Killed Olive Thomas". The Toronto World. September 15, 1920. p. 6. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  4. "Olive Thomas' Death Declared An Accident". The Vancouver Sun. September 14, 1920. p. 1. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  5. Vogel 2008 p.66
  6. "Reviews: Everybody's Sweetheart". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 11 (18): 86. October 30, 1920.
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