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5 May 1921 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mary Pickford ... Jeanne
Gertrude Astor ... Louise Reeves
Wilfred Lucas ... Elton Reeves
Helen Raymond ... Marie
C. Norman Hammond ... Jacques Lanvain

Elinor Fair ... Margaret Brewster

Adolphe Menjou ... James Brewster
Peaches Jackson ... Conrad
Doreen Turner ... Constant
John Harron ... Billy Boy
George Dromgold ... Chauffeur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeanne Carpenter ... Jeanne (age 5)
Walter Wilkinson
Kate Price ... Imaginary mother (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred E. Green 
Jack Pickford 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gerald C. Duffy 
Marion Fairfax 

Produced by
Mary Pickford .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Israel (2005 new score)
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher 
Film Editing by
Edward M. McDermott 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson 
Costume Design by
Adele Crinley 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alfred L. Werker .... assistant director
Art Department
John H. Wallace .... properties
Camera and Electrical Department
William S. Johnson .... lighting effects

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USA:89 min
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Tender, Underrated Mary Pickford Vehicle, 12 March 2006
Author: HarlowMGM from United States

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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