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Writers:
John Fox Jr. (novel)
Bernard McConville (adaptation)
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30 November 1919 (USA) See more »
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Family tensions in the Kentucky hills are inflamed by an outsider's dishonest scheme to exploit the area for its coal. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Mary Pickford ... Mavis Hawn
Harold Goodwin ... Young Jason Honeycutt
Allan Sears ... Jason Honeycutt
Fred Huntley ... Granpap Jason Hawn (as Fred W. Huntley)

Claire McDowell ... Martha Hawn
Sam De Grasse ... Steve Honeycutt
W.H. Bainbridge ... Col. Pendleton (as William Bainbridge)

John Gilbert ... Gray Pendleton (as Jack Gilbert)
Betty Bouton ... Marjorie Lee
Henry Hebert ... Morton Sanders (as Henry Herbert)
Fred Warren ... John Burnham

Directed by
Joseph De Grasse 
Sidney Franklin  (as Sidney A. Franklin)
 
Writing credits
John Fox Jr. (novel)

Bernard McConville (adaptation)

Madeline Matzen  uncredited

Produced by
Mary Pickford .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher 
 
Film Editing by
Edward M. McDermott (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Max Parker 
 

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87 min
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Mary Pickford and John Gilbert Together, 26 August 2008
Author: drednm from United States

This is certainly an odd film with superstar Mary Pickford playing a simple "mountain gal" in Kentucky who deals with crooked outsiders who want the land for its timber and coal and who will do anything to get it. Episodic in nature the film includes a great comic "barn dance" sequence in what is essentially a solid melodrama about Mavis Hawn and her growth into womanhood.

As always Pickford is super paying the feisty young woman whose father is gunned down before her eyes. Later, her widowed mother (Claire McDowell) marries, but he's in cahoots with the land developers. Pickford spends idyllic days in the mountains with pal Harold Goodwin hunting and fishing and walking through the majestic woods. But tension arises when the local "squire's" son (John Gilbert) catches Pickford's eye and the two guys begin to battle for her attentions.

In an effort to rid the area of the land developers, Pickford joins, in an astonishing scene, the "night-riders." Pickford dons the white sheets and hood of the KKK and rides with the men to scare the land developer but he gets shot and Pickford is accused of murder.

The comic relief in this film is the barn dance and it's a joy to see Pickford and future superstar John Gilbert (then only 22 years old) in the frantic dance sequence, which ends only when an old man loses his teeth on the dance floor.

Mary Pickford never gave a bad performance, and HEART O' THE HILLS is another example of the versatility of this superstar of the silent era. In 1919, Pickford also starred in DADDY-LONG-LEGS, THE HOODLUM, and CAPTAIN KIDD JR.

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