Are Children to Blame? (1922)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Although the producers of this drama claimed that it was "suggested" by George Eliot's Silas Marner, it doesn't pretend to be anything more than a low-budget pot boiler. Robert Brown (Joseph Marquis) is a carefree and privileged college student -- on the surface. He actually has a wife and a child, which he is keeping a secret from his father, Judge Brown (George Henry). But his wife dies, and the child, Rosalind (Em Gorman), is put in the care of a woman who claims to be the dead girl's sister. The woman is actually an impostor, who constantly badgers Robert for money, which she uses for her own purposes. In order to keep giving her money, Robert even resorts to robbing village blacksmith David Granger (Alex Shannon), who is known as the town miser. Meanwhile, Judge Brown is urging his son to settle down and get married. Robert finds a suitable wife, but his daughter's caretaker plans to interrupt the wedding by causing a scene. Fortuitously, she is struck ill and dies. Little Rosalind finds a home with Granger, who loses everything but the child. When she is traced to him, he is in danger of losing her too. It turns out, however, that Robert is not really Rosalind's father, and Granger is allowed to keep her.



family, aunt, blacksmith, daughter, father, generation-gap, loot, orphan, surprise