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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.


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Dennis Wayne
Mary Louise Miller ...
Doris Wayne (the baby)
Mr. Grimes (as Gustave Von Seyffertitz)
Mrs. Grimes
Ambrose (as 'Spec' O'Donnell)
One of the children
Splutters - One of the Children
Jackie Levine ...
One of the Children (as Jack Lavine)
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 (as Camille Johnson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Craddock, The Hog Buyer (uncredited)
A.L. Schaeffer ...
Bailey's Confederate (uncredited)

Directed by

William Beaudine
Tom McNamara ... (uncredited)

Written by

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

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Tom McNamara ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

Harry Oliver ... settings

Additional Crew

Earle Browne ... collaborator
Carl Harbaugh ... collaborator
William S. Johnson ... electrical effects (as William Johnson)
Tom McNamara ... collaborator
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

Evil Mr.Grimes keeps a ragtag bunch of orphans on his farm deep in a swamp in the American 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

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Taglines 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) See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Scraps (United States)
  • The Baby Farm (United States)
  • Human Sparrows (Ireland, English title)
  • Human Sparrows (United Kingdom)
  • Les moineaux (France)
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  • 109 min
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Budget $463,455 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia This was the last time that Mary Pickford, 34 at the time, would portray a child. See more »
Goofs When the dog is chasing Molly and the kids in the swamp, a chain is trailing behind it. When the dog retreats after seeing the alligator, the chain is gone. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Shall We Gather at the River? See more »
Quotes Splutters - One of the Children: A whole month ago you said the Lord would help us get away. What's He been doin' all month?
Molly: He'll help us--if we keep on prayin'. He's pretty busy--watchin' every sparrow that falls--...
Boy #1: How come them sparrows got such a pull with Him?
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