Mary Pickford was at the height of her celebrity when she made this picturesque drama (1919), the third of a landmark free-agent contract that anticipated the contemporary star system. The film was clearly designed to showcase her talents: the 27-year-old actress plays a Kentucky mountain girl from ages 13 to 18, a period in which she first discovers romance, helps defend her village from northern prospectors, and sits trial for murder. That’s a lot to cover in 87 minutes, but the film packs it in with relative grace, even making room for a number of pleasing comic digressions about southern life. This was directed by Sidney A. Franklin, a largely forgotten journeyman not without talents of his own: the movie contains a flashback and a short dream sequence in the first 15 minutes alone.