Fun Size Review: Where Are My Children? (1916)

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.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Ham Banana Rolls. Completely and unmistakably of its time.

Availability: Most recently released on DVD and Bluray as part of the Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers box set.

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