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  Mary Pickford (center).
Photograph: Photofest; courtesy The San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
Also known as Passerotti in Italy
(1926) American
B&W : Nine reels / 7763 feet
Directed by William Beaudine

Cast: Mary Pickford [Molly], Roy Stewart [Dennis Wayne], Mary Louise Miller [Doris Wayne], Gustave Von Seyffertitz (Gustav von Seyffertitz) [Mr. Grimes], Charlotte Mineau [Mrs. Grimes], Spec O’Donnell [Ambrose Grimes], Lloyd Whitlock [Bailey], Billy Butts [sparrow orphan], Monty O’Grady [Splutters], Jack Levine [sparrow orphan], Billy ‘Red’ Jones [sparrow orphan], Muriel MacCormac [sparrow orphan], Florence Rogan [sparrow orphan], Mary Frances McLean [sparrow orphan], Sylvia Bernard [sparrow orphan], Seeseell Ann Johnson [sparrow orphan], Camille Johnson [sparrow orphan], A.L. Schaeffer [Bailey’s confederate], Mark Hamilton [hog buyer]

The Pickford Corporation production; distributed by United Artists Corporation. / Produced by Mary Pickford. Scenario by C. Gardner Sullivan, from a screen story by Winifred Dunn. Production design by Harry Oliver. Electrical effects (lighting) by William Johnson. Assistant directors, Tom McNamara, Carl Harbaugh and Earle Brown. Cinematography by Charles Rosher, Hal Mohr and Karl Struss. Intertitles by George Marion Jr. Edited by Harold McLernon. / © 30 April 1926 by The Pickford Corporation [LP22664]. Premiered [?] 19? September 1926 in New York, New York. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / [?] The film may have been edited to six-seven reels for general release. The film was rereleased with synchronized music and sound effects at 81 minutes.


Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F2 n. F2.5293.

Survival status: Prints exist in the Library of Congress film archive (American Film Institute / Mary Pickford collection) [35mm color-tinted nitrate positive (incomplete, six reels)], in the Cinémathèque française film archive [35mm preservation positive (duplicated 1960s)], and in the Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education film collection [35mm duplicate negative, 35mm fine-grain duplicate master positives, 35mm duplicate positives].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Children: Orphans - Escapes - Swamps - USA

Listing updated: 20 September 2008.

References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F2 n. F2.5293; Bohn-Light pp. 94, 108; Brownlow-Parade pp. 130, 134-135, 228, 229-230; Everson-American pp. 124, 201; Eyles-Missing p. 70; Eyman-Pickford p. 333; Geduld-Birth p. 146; Higashi-Virgins pp. 43, 47, 48, 51; Leyda-Before p. 71; Limbacher-Feature p. 230; Shipman-Cinema p. 92; Sweeney-Coming p. 103 : Website-AFI; Website-Legacy; Website-Pickford.

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