The New York Hat

The New York Hat (1912) is a short silent film directed by D. W. Griffith from a screenplay by Anita Loos, and starring Mary Pickford, Lionel Barrymore, and Lillian Gish.

The New York Hat
(left to right) Lionel Barrymore, Mary Pickford, and Charles Hill Mailes
Directed byD.W. Griffith
Produced byBiograph
Written byAnita Loos
Frances Marion
StarringMary Pickford
Lionel Barrymore
Kate Bruce
Charles Hill Mailes
Alfred Paget
Lillian Gish
Music byRobert Israel (new score)
CinematographyG.W. Bitzer
Distributed byBiograph
Release date
  • December 5, 1912 (1912-12-05)
Running time
16 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles


The New York Hat is one of the most notable of the Biograph Studios short films and is perhaps the best known example of Pickford's early work, and an example of Anita Loos' witty writing. The film was made by Biograph when it and many other early U.S. movie studios were based in Fort Lee, New Jersey at the beginning of the 20th century.[1][2][3]


Mollie Goodhue leads a cheerless, impoverished life, largely because of her stern, miserly father. Mrs. Goodhue is mortally ill, but before dying, she gives the minister, Preacher Bolton, some money with which to buy her daughter the "finery" her father always forbade her.

Mollie is delighted when the minister presents her with a fashionable New York hat she has been longing for, but village gossips misinterpret the minister's intentions and spread malicious rumors. Mollie becomes a social pariah, and her father tears up the beloved hat in a rage.

All ends well, however, after the minister produces a letter from Mollie's mother about the money she left the minister to spend on Mollie. Soon afterwards, he proposes to Mollie, who accepts his offer of marriage.


See also


  1. Koszarski, Richard (2004), Fort Lee: The Film Town, Rome, Italy: John Libbey Publishing -CIC srl, ISBN 0-86196-653-8
  2. Amith, Deninis (January 1, 2011). "Before there was Hollywood there was Fort Lee, NJ". J!-ENT.
  3. The New York Hat at
  4. "The New York Hat". Library of Congress. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
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