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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 overview, first billed only:
Mary Louise Miller ...
Mr. Grimes (as Gustave Von Seyffertitz)
Charlotte Mineau ...
Spec O'Donnell ...
Ambrose (as 'Spec' O'Donnell)
Lloyd Whitlock ...
Billy Butts ...
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 ...
Mary McLain ...
One of the Children (as Mary Frances McLean)
Sylvia Bernard ...
One of the Children


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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Release Date:

1926 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Scraps  »


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$463,455 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Boy #1: Say, Molly, them sparrows ain't got nothin' on us now.
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Featured in Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997) See more »


Shall We Gather at the River?
Written by Robert Lowry
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Pickford in all her poignancy
21 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

Mary Pickford once again shines in this late silent cinematic gem. The somber photography and storyline suggests a strong influence of the then German expressionist movement. A fine production nicely directed by William Beaudine. Still youthful looking, this is I believe Pickfords' last juvenile role and she plays it with that same girlish vitality. One of the finer films of the silent era.

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