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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.

Directors:

William Beaudine, Tom McNamara (uncredited)

Writers:

Winifred Dunn (story), George Marion Jr. (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Pickford ... Molly
Roy Stewart ... Dennis Wayne
Mary Louise Miller Mary Louise Miller ... Doris Wayne (the baby)
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Mr. Grimes (as Gustave Von Seyffertitz)
Charlotte Mineau Charlotte Mineau ... Mrs. Grimes
Spec O'Donnell Spec O'Donnell ... Ambrose (as 'Spec' O'Donnell)
Lloyd Whitlock Lloyd Whitlock ... Bailey
Billy Butts ... One of the children
Monty O'Grady ... Splutters - One of the Children
Jackie Levine Jackie Levine ... One of the Children (as Jack Lavine)
Billy 'Red' Jones Billy 'Red' Jones ... One of the Children (as Billy Jones)
Muriel McCormac Muriel McCormac ... One of the Children (as Muriel MacCormac)
Florence Rogan Florence Rogan ... One of the Children
Mary McLain Mary McLain ... One of the Children (as Mary Frances McLean)
Sylvia Bernard Sylvia Bernard ... One of the Children
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1926 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Scraps See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$463,455 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$966,878
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pickford Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Molly: Thanks, Lord, a whole lot. I've been boostin' You all along to these kids - an' we certainly won't never forget Your kindness.
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Alternate Versions

A newly tinted version of this movie was copyrighted in 1976 by Killian Shows, Inc. and distributed by Kino International. Restoration was done by Karl Malkames and an original piano score was composed and performed by William Perry. See more »

Connections

Featured in Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Shall We Gather at the River?
(1864)
Written by Robert Lowry
Sung by the children
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The Great Mary Pickford
22 February 2005 | by drednm2004See all my reviews

A superstar of her era, Mary Pickford was a great actress and a great comic. She won an Oscar for her talkie debut in Coquette, but Pickford is better remembered for a string of silent films in the teens and 20s that showed off her amazing abilities and personality. And Sparrows is one of the best. Pickford plays a young girl trapped on a "baby farm" in the middle of a swamp somewhere in the Deep South. The role allows her to be funny, poignant, and plucky---all the things audiences wanted to see in a Pickford picture. Pickford is also a great physical comic in the tradition of Chaplin, Lloyd, and Keaton. Sparrows is funny but also builds dramatic tension as Mary leads the band of orphans thru the swamp to escape the evil owner. The wonderful piano score by William Perry is also an asset. Good film; great star.


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