The ingénue is a stock character; generally a girl or a young woman who is endearingly innocent and wholesome. The term comes from the French adjective ingénu meaning "ingenuous" or innocent, virtuous, and candid. Typically, the ingenue is beautiful, gentle, sweet, virginal, and often naïve. The ingenue stereotypically has the fawn-eyed innocence of a child, but subtle sexual appeal as well.
This was the movie Sparrows in which Mary PIckford played Molly, the oldest of several kids on a 'baby farm' who are overworked and mistreated. When Molly learns of a plot to get rid of a child (pictured) who unbeknownst to her is actually kidnapped from a wealthy family, she and the other children must escape through dangerous swamps to save the her. Good film!
April 2, 1956. screen actress Mary Pickford threw a party in Beverly Hills, Calif. It was a reunion for silent screen stars. How many do you remember? Hamming up a scene from (from left) Antonio Moreno, Mary Pickford, and Jack Mulhall. Buster Keaton tries to cover the lens with a plate. Charles Rosher, who filmed many a Pickford movie, mans the old camera