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Sparrows (1926)

 -  Drama  -  1926 (Germany)
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Molly, the eldest child at a baby farm hidden deep in a swamp, must rescue the others when their cruel master decides that one of them will be disposed of.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Molly
Roy Stewart ...
Dennis Wayne
Mary Louise Miller ...
Doris Wayne (the baby)
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Mr. Grimes (as Gustave Von Seyffertitz)
Charlotte Mineau ...
Mrs. Grimes
Spec O'Donnell ...
Ambrose (as 'Spec' O'Donnell)
Lloyd Whitlock ...
Bailey
Billy Butts ...
One of the children
Monty O'Grady ...
One of the Children
Jack Lavine ...
One of the Children
Billy 'Red' Jones ...
One of the Children (as Billy Jones)
Muriel McCormac ...
One of the Children (as Muriel MacCormac)
Florence Rogan ...
One of the Children
Mary McLain ...
One of the Children (as Mary Frances McLean)
Sylvia Bernard ...
One of the Children
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Storyline

Evil Mr.Grimes keeps a rag-tag bunch orphans on his farm deep in a swamp in the US South. He forces them to work in his garden and treats them like slaves. They are watched over by the eldest, Molly. A gang in league with Mr. Grimes kidnaps Doris, the beautiful little daughter of a rich man, and hides her out on Grimes' farm, awaiting ransom. When the police close in, and Mr. Grimes threatens to throw Doris into the bottomless mire, Molly must lead her little flock out through the alligator-infested swamp. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Certificate:

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Release Date:

1926 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Scraps  »

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$463,455 (estimated)
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Trivia

Although William Beaudine received critical acclaim both inside and outside the film industry for his direction of this film, for many years a story circulated that star Mary Pickford felt that he was too cavalier about the safety of the actors, especially in a scene where she had to carry a baby across some water filled with alligators (Pickford wanted to use a doll, but Beaudine insisted on using a real baby), and even though the alligators' jaws were bound shut, Pickford swore that he would never work for her or her company as long as she lived. However, cameraman Hal Mohr, who shot this picture, said in an interview that the "alligator incident" never happened. He said that there "wasn't an alligator within ten miles" of Pickford, and that both the alligators and the baby in the film were all dummies because the studio would never have let a star of Pickford's magnitude endanger herself by working with real alligators, let alone allow a baby to go near them. In any case, Beaudine and Pickford did clash on the picture. Beaudine eventually walked off the set and turned the direction over to his assistant, and he and Pickford never worked together again. See more »

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Featured in Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Shall We Gather at the River?
(1864)
Written by Robert Lowry
Sung by the children
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Brilliant even without sound!
19 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before sound and talkies became the norm in the film industry, we had to settle with black and white cinematography and an original score to understand the story. Mary Pickford was a brilliant actress and one of the first true movie stars who made the transformation from the silent films to the talkies. This film should be considered one of the true classic silent films of all time. Mary Pickford was one of Hollywood's earliest stars and it was a time when the film industry appeared innocent and so new. Everything surprised audiences with delight and films were scene over and over until they knew it by heart. It's a shame that today's films forget the brilliance of simplicity and work on shocking us or losing the role of actors and actresses. Great films don't have to be spectacular spectacles. They could tell simple stories with great acting and writing and you have a great film.


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