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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 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 ... Mrs. Grimes
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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Here is life's song of love, beating with laughs and sobs, it's melody in tune with your own heartstrings. (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lyric Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - April 9, 1930)

Genres:

Drama

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Trivia

Assuming its copyright has not lapsed already, this film and all others produced in 1926 enter the U.S. public domain in 2022. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Grimes: That Molly's been a trouble-maker ever since she come here. I'm goin' to shove her in the swamp.
Mrs. Grimes: Some day you'll shove one too many in the swamp.
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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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Thrills, spills, chills, a little romance! What more could you want?
21 August 2001 | by chriscuomoSee all my reviews

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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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)
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Pickford Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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