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In the Kentucky hills Mary Pickford, as Mavis Hawn, finds herself the victim of an outsider’s dishonest scheme to exploit the area for its coal. She calls on her friends and neighbours to scare off the "low-land foreigners" by wearing "night-riding rigout" [00:35:31], reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan and scenes from D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (1915) or A Mormon Maid (1917).
The pointed cowl and white robes were not only worn by Kluxers but by members of any number of Mardi Gras fraternities as well as secular and religious groups.

Heart o' the Hills (1919). Directed by Joseph De Grasse Sidney Franklin, written by John Fox Jr. (novel) Bernard McConville (adaptation). Mary Pickford, Harold Goodwin, Allan Sears, Fred W. Huntley, Claire McDowell, Sam De Grasse, William H. Bainbridge, John Gilbert, Betty Bouton, Henry Hebert, Fred Warren. AKA Heart of the Hills. 87 min. USA. Black and White, Silent.
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