Don't Blame Your Children (1922)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama  |  
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The title to this drama hints at semi-scandalous domestic stuff, somewhere between Why Change Your Wife? and Our Dancing Daughters. Unfortunately, there's nothing even remotely that exciting here -- it was based on a play, The Joan Danvers, by Frank Stayton, and the changed title was obviously meant to draw theatergoers. A hypocritical father, James Danvers (Norman McKinnel), is raising his children with a stern, unyielding hand. His eldest daughter, Joan (Malvina Longfellow), is engaged to Ted Ross (Alec Fraser), a captain on one of her father's ships. But the boat is in terrible shape, and Danvers thinks it is a good idea to separate the couple by sending Ross out in it. Danvers is being blackmailed by a man who wants to marry Joan, but she reveals that she has already married Ross in secret. On top of that, the family finds a note that the Danvers' boy, Jimmy (John Reid), has stowed away on the boat. Danvers suffers through a lot of stress until Ross and Jimmy return home safe. The incident turns him into a kinder, gentler sort of parent.