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5 May 1921 (USA) See more »
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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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Cast

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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
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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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Pickford's great, but this movie? not so much, 27 December 2006
Author: caldoni from porltand, or

So the story of this film is preposterous at best, even for it's time. A girl meets a rich guy who talks her into leaving her baby in another country for like a decade or so, then decides she wants her back but the woman she left her with pretends she's dead, then she goes to America and for some reason doesn't tell her mom but instead goes to work for her, entangling her in some scam against playboy step-dad and oh-yeah, she meets a totally not-so-charming man who she falls for because he helps her up when falls face first in the mud. and she's got a duck and two orphan children as pets. did i miss anything? I really can'tsay anything for the story of this movie, but when she's aloud run amok, Pickford is as as great as ever, I just Barely recommend this movie for those moments. everyone knows the famous scrub brush-skating scenes. but i'll list a few more for good measure.

1. the sequence in which she impresses an old man by fishing a massive sturgeon from a puddle, turns out it was her family's dinner for the evening and when the maid finds it missing she nearly kills the cat.

2. She cleans her dirty feet off by laying on her back on a table and rubbing them on a towel on the wall as if she was walking up the wall.

3. Mary's character is elated at having smuggled a duck into the US raising it triumphantly over her head and marching away like victorious general.

4. Falling in the mud she tries to clean herself off and only winds up leaving two suggestive hand prints over her breasts. When a cute rich boy arrives to see if she's all right, in embarrassment she tries to cover it up by grabbing herself suggestively, actually doing with hands what the mud hand prints suggested. (probably really racy for the day.) 5. the suitor asks of the Bellina orphans she's picked up along a road after their mother died: "Are the children really yours?" she says "Yes. I found them." she says. To which he makes a face to suggest. "oh, good enough for me." so yeah, I wrote a lot about a movie I'm not that into, but those moments and a few others make the film worthwhile. Mary Pickford is a giant supernova of charm and a fantastic performer, she outshines her directors unfortunately.

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