Empty Arms (1920)

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This States Rights' film was called a "propaganda for motherhood." Diane Summers (Gail Kane) is hesitant to marry her sweetheart, Bruce Gordon (Thurston Hall), because she is afraid of becoming pregnant. Her fear stems from the fact that both her mother and a friend have died in childbirth. Gordon persists, and finally he convinces her to marry him on a friendship basis only. The arrangement is not really satisfactory for either of them. Gordon goes away to his ranch in the West, and Diane visits a friend who claims to be married to the absent Philip Darnton (J. Herbert Frank). This, however, isn't true, and after the girl had a child, Darnton walked out on her. After spending time with the happy, though unwed mother, and discovering a nursery that Gordon had created before their marriage, Diane begins to have second thoughts about remaining childless. She decides to go to her husband, but the train wrecks early in the trip and she is taken to Darnton's home. Gordon shows up in time to save her from being attacked. After the passage of a few years, Diana is seen as the happy mother of two children.