In Belgium in 1903, widowed Madame Bodamere is remarried to a rich American, who insists that she leave her young daughter Jeanne behind with the child's nurse Marie. Several years later, the mother comes back to reclaim her child, but Marie, not wanting to give up Jeanne, tells the mother that the child is dead. When Belgium is invaded in 1914, Marie fears for Jeanne's safety and sends her, now a teenager, to America along with a letter to Jeanne's mother confessing Marie's deception. On the trip, Jeanne picks up two young Belgian orphans and takes them with her. Jeanne finds her mother living on a large estate, and is repeatedly denied the chance to explain who she is. She ends up taking a job as a maid in her mother's mansion, and claiming the two orphans as her own. Meanwhile, her mother grows increasingly despondent, and her marriage soon stands on shaky ground.
It's as wholesome as a healthy child, and as charming as a burst of sunshine. A picture that will long be remembered in which Miss Pickford brings a message of unusual happiness (Print Ad-Pullman Herald, ((Pullman, Wash.)) 19 August 1921)
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Did You Know?
Swedish author Astrid Lindgren
saw the film in 1922 at age 15 and later borrowed a few ideas for her Pippi Longstocking children's books, most notably Pippi using scrubs as skates to clean the floor. See more
The telegram from Louise, forgiving Marie, is dated 15 September 1914. Germany invaded Belgium on 4 August. The long voyage to America in addition to the plot complications would have probably taken a lot longer to resolve. See more