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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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Good Mary Pickford Feature With A Little Of Everything, 29 December 2005
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This Mary Pickford feature has a little of everything, and while it hardly measures up to her best movies, it's a good movie with some enjoyable comedy and some thoughtful moments. The story is quite predictable, but it gives Pickford a chance to play the kind of character that her audiences loved, and that she herself portrayed so believably.

Pickford plays Jeanne, a young Belgian who is left behind when her mother is remarried to a rich American. When the war breaks out, Jeanne joins many other refugees, and heads to America to rejoin her mother, whom she finds in the midst of her own troubles. There are numerous complications, most of them quite familiar from other melodramas of the era. The supporting cast is solid, with Gertrude Astor particularly believable as the mother.

The main attraction of the movie is to see Pickford play the kind of resourceful, ever-hopeful young woman that allowed her to use her wide range of acting skills. The comic parts are good, and they include the sequence with Jeanne's innovative way of scrubbing a muddy floor. Pickford has good interactions with the other characters, both in dramatic scenes and in lighter moments.

The story itself is somewhat uneven, but Pickford keeps it going at all times. This one is probably of interest only to those who enjoy Pickford or silent movies in general, but for those who are already fans, it has more than enough to be worth seeing.

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