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Sparrows (1926)

Unrated | | Drama | 1926 (Germany)
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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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 ...
Splutters - One of the Children
Jackie Levine ...
One of the Children (as Jack Lavine)
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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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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1926 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Scraps  »

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$463,455 (estimated)
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Trivia

Toward the end of the picture, director William Beaudine and star Mary Pickford clashed so often that Beaudine developed a serious paralysis of his face from the pressure and aggravation due to their frequent arguments. He finally turned the picture over to his assistant, Tom McNamara, and left the set. McNamara finished the picture, uncredited. See more »

Connections

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

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Shall We Gather at the River?
(1864)
Written by Robert Lowry
Sung by the children
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Sob...tissue, please...quick!
18 September 2006 | by (the Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

I've blown my nose through many a verifiable 'tear-jerker' but this was my first 'silent' sniffling:

"Sparrows" (1926) was directed by William Beaudine. Winifred Dunn wrote the story.

It was a drama about the very evil Mr. Grimes. He stole and kept poor orphans as "slave labor" on his farm. It's location was deep in a swamp in a southern U.S. state (one with alligators). They were used as his work force to keep the farm work done. Young Molly was the oldest and lovingly cared for the children.

One day Grimes and his crooked cronies kidnapped the small daughter of a wealthy man. (The word 'wealthy' tells you why.) Molly added little Doris to her heart and care. Then she learned that the police were closing in on finding the baby. Grimes had ordered her thrown into the swamp. The children grouped around Molly to save the little one. There was a daring rescue and escape. Molly took all the children with her through the swamp. (Take about edge of the seat and a box of tissues.) Did they make it out? Was there a happily-ever-after ending? I hope you'll get to find out. (I've seen this on Turner Classic Movies twice. It's wee worth your time.)

Cast:

Mary Pickford played Molly; Roy Stewart played Dennis Wayne ;Mary Louise Miller was Doris Wayne (the baby); Gustave von Seyffertitz was Mr. Grimes.

This was Mary Pickford's last film in which she played a young girl. Her fans had trouble letting her grow into adult parts. Since she was already involved in United Artists (founded with Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, and Charles Chaplin) she turned to producing. Although she did try directing once: "Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" (1924)

"Make them laugh, make them cry, and back to laughter. What do people want to go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise... I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that." A Quote from Mary Pickford.

"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." Will Rogers


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