Fun Size Review: The Children in the House (1916)

There are many fine and artistic films of the 1910s available for us to view today. This movie is not one of them but its bonkers story and interesting-in-hindsight casting make it well worth seeing.

Future character actor Eugene Pallette plays a ladykilling criminal and typecast nice girl Jewel Carmen enjoys herself as a vamp. This picture is a star vehicle for Norma Talmadge and it’s pretty typical material for her. Conflicted lady on the edge of criminal activity, that kind of thing. The picture isn’t great but you’ve never seen one like it, I’ll wager.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Norma discovers that Eugene is a no-goodnik and when he is gunned down by the cops, she is free to marry her true love.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: A Deep-Fried Mars Bar. A little weird but let’s live a little.

Availability: Released on DVD by Grapevine along with Going Straight, another Norma Talmadge crime film.


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