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Heart o' the Hills (1919)

Family tensions in the Kentucky hills are inflamed by an outsider's dishonest scheme to exploit the area for its coal.

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In the Kentucky hills, Jason Honeycutt lives with his harsh stepfather Steve, not far from where his friend Mavis Hawn lives with her widowed mother. Mavis spends much of her time preparing for the day when she can discover who murdered her father, and can exact revenge. Steve Honeycutt is romancing the widow Hawn, hoping to marry her and take control of her land, because he knows that visiting businessman Morton Sanders is planning to exploit the area for its coal. When Sanders's plan becomes known, a group of vigilantes confronts him by night, and soon shots are fired. Sanders is killed, and circumstantial evidence leads to Mavis being charged with the crime. Written by Snow Leopard

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Heart O' The Hills
Words by Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis) & Joe Young; music by Harry Ruby, c. 1919
'a song poem admiringly dedicated to Mary Pickford in her story of childhood in the Kentucky hills by John Fox Jr., A First National Attraction'
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She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain When She Comes...
1 September 2014 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

When "America's Sweetheart", Mary Pickford, played this film's shotgun-toting, hillbilly heroin, Mavis Hawn, she was 28 years old and her character was 13. (Can you believe it!?)

I don't know about you, but, no matter how cute-n-innocent the petite Pickford may have tried to present herself, she certainly didn't convince me that she was but a mere child.

Pickford's "Mavis" may have been perceived as "pure-as-the-driven-snow" by the naive audience of 95 years ago, but, to me, her deception of age struck me as being downright ludicrous to the 10th power.

Very nicely shot in the mountainous region of Kentucky, Heart O' The Hills is something of a Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn-type "Chick Flick" of woe & injustice.

Pickford plays Mavis Hawn, a simple, "sweet-as-apple-pie" farm-girl whose strong-willed feistiness has made her something of a dead-aim with a shotgun (which she readily reaches for whenever the need arises).

After witnessing the shooting of her beloved father (by someone unknown), Mavis devotes her life to avenging his death. Meanwhile, her mother's farm is being threatened by villainous, rich, city capitalists who will stoop to anything to drive the Hawn family (and others) off their coal-rich land.

In the realm of entertainment, I, personally, consider this (color-tinted) tale of down-home, country comforts to be neither good, nor bad. It was just "OK".

Heart O' The Hills had a running time of just 78 minutes.


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