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Sunday 11:00 a.m., The Paramount Theater
1926. USA. 84 min. Director: William Beaudine. Cast: Mary Pickford, Roy Stewart, Mary Louise Miller.
Deep in the Southern swamps, the Grimes family operates a “baby farm” where unwanted children are cruelly underfed and overworked. In one of her many classic performances, Mary Pickford plays Mama Mollie, the oldest of the kids, who protects the others as best she can, 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 decides to throw the toddler into the bog, prompting Mollie to lead her sparrows to escape through the swamp.
Introduction by Christel Schmidt (Library of Congress)
With live musical accompaniment by Matthew Marshall and the Reel Music Ensemble
Supported by Library of Congress and U.Va. Arts Council