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Sparrows1926

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Hidden deep in the Southern swamps, the Grimes family operates a "baby farm" where unwanted or "lost" children are cruelly underfed and overworked. Mama Mollie, the oldest of the kids, protects the others as best she can and keeps up their courage by telling them that God watches over them just as He does the smallest sparrow. When the police close in to rescue a kidnapped two-year-old who has been stashed at the farm, Grimes makes plans to throw the toddler into the bog. To save her little "sparrows," Mama Mollie leads them on an escape through the alligator-infested swamp in one of the most harrowing scenes in cinema history. This powerful Gothic suspense thriller was based on 1920s news reports of real life baby farms. SPARROWS' elaborate sets and magnificent cinematography create a nightmare world that later inspired the classic film NIGHT OF THE HUNTER.

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A sadistic, cruel hillbilly concentration camp for children! One of the creepiest films of the silent era!

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A sadistic, cruel hillbilly concentration camp for children! One of the creepiest films of the silent era!

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Yes,this is one of Mary Pickford best films Mary is a good introduction to silent films but I digress the plot of the baby farm or child labor camp is a dark story with the threat of being thrown into the swamp if you got out of line then the escape of the children being led by mary it is creepy and the people that run the place one the chills for a Pickford film I would say to anyone who likes silent movies or would like to give one a look this would be a good movie.Mary Pickford did some other movies with contrast in characters such as Stella Maris a fine movie,that I hope Fandor will put on there website someday.

Probably Mary Pickford's best work, all in all.

Mother/child Mary Pickford (part frightened innocent, part fearless daredevil) leads a peculiarly talented pack of child actors through peril -- some grim predicaments played for laughs, some for terror, in a fascinating mash-up of genre and tone. Chaplin's "The Kid" set at an orphan ranch in an alligator swamp.