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
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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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