Children Not Wanted (1920)

Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The title to this low-budget Republic programmer pretty much sums up the story. Dorothy Crane (Edith Day) is an orphan who grows up with her stern New England aunt and uncle. She's obviously not wanted there, and when Dorothy tries to care for Betty Marsh (Ruth Sullivan), the four-year-old daughter of her only friend, her relatives refuse to help. So Dorothy runs away with the little girl and goes to New York. Unfortunately, the landlords she approaches are even less charitable than her aunt and uncle, but finally she and Betty find a room at the modest home of the kindly Mrs. Farley (Dorothy Walters). Dorothy becomes an office girl for Marcus Hazzard (Lumsden Hare), who becomes infatuated with her. His business partner, Madame Duval (Jean Robertson), is less than thrilled because he has already promised to marry her. One of Hazzard's clients, Robert Harrington (Joe King), falls in love with Dorothy, and a romance blossoms. When Mrs. Farley is sick, Dorothy takes Betty to the office, and Hazzard assumes the child belongs to her. Since she is apparently a "fallen woman," he tries to have his way with her, and just as he is forcing himself on her, he is fatally shot. Madame Duval and her Hindu servant, Ali Bey (Mario Majeroni), claim Dorothy is the murderer and have her arrested. It's not hard to figure out that Madame Duval is the real killer, and Dorothy is soon freed to unite with Harrington.