A go-to choice for anyone who wants to prove that silent movies tackled heavy, controversial topics. Director Lois Weber took on a double whammy of controversy by discussing both birth control and abortion in this melodrama.
Much of the picture is heavy-handed and star Tyrone Power (father of THE Tyrone Power) definitely throws his weight around on the screen. For all its flaws, though, this picture is a fascinating window into the political and social attitudes of the era and its historical value is immeasurable.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.The wife’s past abortions are exposed and she and her husband spend lonely years alone together, childless.
If it were a dessert it would be: Ham Banana Rolls. Completely and unmistakably of its time.
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