No Children Wanted (1918)

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Gloria Joy was briefly a child star in the late 1910s, a rather weak rival to Baby Marie Osborne. Here, she is little Dot Jarvis, whose parents, Sylvia and Oscar Jarvis (Ethel Ritchie and R. Henry Grey), completely neglect her. They want to live in a fashionable apartment building which doesn't allow children, so they ship her off to a boarding school. Dot's luck isn't any better there, as she is blamed for all the other girls' wrongdoings. She runs away and is eventually returned to her parents, who are not thrilled to have her. Her father, an author, has caricatured Robert Chase, a newspaper publisher (Edward Jobson), in one of his novels. Chase finds out that Jarvis, along with John Porter (Neil Hardin), is responsible for smuggling arms into Mexico. He threatens to expose the scheme in his paper. The only thing that saves Jarvis is Dot -- a reporter finds her talking to a policeman. Dot is looking for God, after hearing the family minister tell her parents that they must ask Him to get them out of their fix. The reporter makes a human interest story out of Dot's search, and Chase, recalling his own dead son, decides to kill the Jarvis story. The Jarvises resolve to clean up their act, and be proper parents to their daughter.