The Lullaby (1924)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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Jane Novak plays a dual role as mother and daughter in this drama. Tony (Robert Anderson) and Felipa (Novak) are an immigrant couple whose life together ends tragically. Tony's friend, Pietro (Fred Maletesta), tries to force himself on Felipa, and Tony kills him. Both husband and wife are arrested for his murder -- Felipa is considered an accessory. For his crime, Tony is hanged, and Felipa is sentenced to 20 years in prison. Shortly after her husband is executed, Felipa gives birth to a baby, Antoinette (Dorothy Marion Mack), and after three years, the child is taken away from her to be raised by the governor -- who was the judge that had sent the couple to their fates. After serving her prison term, Felipa is released, determined to find her daughter, now grown (and portrayed by Novak). But when she finally hunts her down and sees the elegant surroundings in which she was raised, she decides to give her up for her own good. Antoinette's adopted family shows their mercy for Felipa by inviting her to come live with them.

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accomplice [criminal], adoption, child, family, justice, killing, lynching, mother, murder, seduction, toddlers