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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 »
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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