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Through the Back Door (1921)

When her mother remarries, a young Belgian girl is left behind with her nurse, but when Germany invades the country, she is sent to America to find her mother.
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Gertrude Astor ...
Louise Reeves
Wilfred Lucas ...
Elton Reeves
Helen Raymond ...
Marie
C. Norman Hammond ...
Jacques Lanvain
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Margaret Brewster
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James Brewster
Peaches Jackson ...
Conrad
Doreen Turner ...
Constant
John Harron ...
Billy Boy
George Dromgold ...
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Walter Wilkinson
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In Belgium in 1903, widowed Madame Bodamere is remarried to a rich American, who insists that she leave her young daughter Jeanne behind with the child's nurse Marie. Several years later, the mother comes back to reclaim her child, but Marie, not wanting to give up Jeanne, tells the mother that the child is dead. When Belgium is invaded in 1914, Marie fears for Jeanne's safety and sends her, now a teenager, to America along with a letter to Jeanne's mother confessing Marie's deception. On the trip, Jeanne picks up two young Belgian orphans and takes them with her. Jeanne finds her mother living on a large estate, and is repeatedly denied the chance to explain who she is. She ends up taking a job as a maid in her mother's mansion, and claiming the two orphans as her own. Meanwhile, her mother grows increasingly despondent, and her marriage soon stands on shaky ground. Written by Snow Leopard

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Tender, Underrated Mary Pickford Vehicle
12 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of Mary Pickford's least remembered films and that's a shame because it's one of her best. She stars as Jeanne, a poor little rich girl fairly ignored by her mother who abandons her with a housekeeper while she goes off to marry her next husband. Then years later, the mother decides to reclaim her daughter but the housekeeper now of course loves the child as her own and says the girl is dead. Another five years pass and Jeanne, now a teenager, through circumstance ends up working as a maid for her real mother! There are many tender scenes in this movie but lots of comedy too and Mary's washing the floor with scrub brushes tied to her feet and skating is one of her classic screen moments. The whole cast is fine and darling little Jeanne Carpenter as the very young Jeanne will surely charm you and break your heart as the abandoned child. Much as I love Mary, I would have loved to have seen more of the film with Jeanne in it.


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