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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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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mark Hamilton ... Hog Buyer (uncredited)
A.L. Schaeffer ... Bailey's Confederate (uncredited)

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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Art Director Harry Oliver transformed three acres of the back lot between Willoughby Avenue and Alta Vista Street into a stylized Gothic swamp.The ground was scraped bare in places, 600 trees were carted in and pits dug and filled with a mixture of burned cork, sawdust and muddy water.See more »
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Shall We Gather at the River?See more »

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Sob...tissue, please...quick!, 18 September 2006
Author: Stormy_Autumn from the Pacific Northwest

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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