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1926 (Germany) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Thrills, spills, chills, a little romance! What more could you want? See more (27 total) »

Cast

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Mary Pickford ... 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
Seessel Anne Johnson ... One of the Children (as Seeseell Ann Johnson)
Cammilla Johnson ... One of the Children
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Mark Hamilton ... Hog Buyer (uncredited)
A.L. Schaeffer ... Bailey's Confederate (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Beaudine 
Tom McNamara (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Winifred Dunn  story
George Marion Jr.  titles
C. Gardner Sullivan  adaptation

Produced by
Mary Pickford .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Hal Mohr (photography)
Charles Rosher (photography)
Karl Struss (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold McLernon (film editor)
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Oliver (settings)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom McNamara .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Earle Browne .... collaborator
Carl Harbaugh .... collaborator
William S. Johnson .... electrical effects (as William Johnson)
Tom McNamara .... collaborator
 
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84 min | Canada:110 min (Ontario)
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Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | Spain:T | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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The quicksand was sawdust and cork, ground up, with water. And, it had a bottom to it, so that you couldn't actually go under. Child actor Spec O'Donnell's feet were resting on something solid; he couldn't go further down than his chin.See more »
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Shall We Gather at the River?See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Thrills, spills, chills, a little romance! What more could you want?, 21 August 2001
Author: chriscuomo from Alabama

Excellent popcorn movie that serves as a perfect introduction to silent cinema or to Mary Pickford, who at age 34, and still looking youthful, gives a top-notch performance in her final juvenile role. Pickford stars as Molly, ingenious caregiver to a band of orphans held captive on the bayou farm of evil Mr. Grimes - played with steely menace by Von Seyffertitz. The film's title is a reference to Matthew 6:26, a Bible verse Molly teaches her children when they complain about their situation. The film's religious symbolism goes even further, when one of Molly's youngest dies and Christ appears to carry the child home. Grimes strikes a deal with kidnappers to keep the infant daughter of a wealthy young widower until the ransom money can be collected. He assigns the baby to Molly after the death of her "sparrow". When one of the orphans escapes, Grimes plots to dispose of the whole group in the alligator-infested bayou. When Molly learns of Grimes' plan, she plots a daring escape with her band.

An all around excellent film, and a strong influence on many kids adventure films such as vastly inferior big-budget blockbusters like Goonies or Spy Kids.

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