Enemies of Children (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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This old-fashioned drama was based on the novel Youth Triumphant by George Gibb. Patsy, a little slum girl (Virginia Lee Corbin), runs away from Ma Slavin, her alcoholic guardian (Eugenie Besserer). She is found and adopted by the wealthy Godfrey sisters (Lucy Beaumont and Claire McDonald). The girl, now known as Patricia, grows into adolescence (to be played by Anna Q. Nilsson), and Ma Slavin comes looking for her. But instead she finds Christopher Van Leer, an eccentric cripple (Raymond Hatton), and he believes that Ma Slavin can help him trace the girl's origins. But it takes a group of detectives to finally discover that Patricia is the daughter of Van Leer's brother (Joe Dowling) and a granddaughter of one of the town's most influential citizens. Since she apparently hails from a respectable lineage, Patricia is able to marry the man of her choice.

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adoption, orphan, parent