House Without Children (1919)

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This tale of domestic turmoil was adapted from a play by Robert McLaughlin and was, in its day, considered "for mature audiences only." Richard Walker (Richard Travers) is disappointed that he and his wife, Margaret (Gretchen Hartman), have no children. He and Margaret's brother, Jim Cranston (Henry G. Sell), take off on a year-long trip. After they have left, Walker's niece, Florence Wesley (Helen Weer), confesses to Margaret that she is pregnant, and Cranston is the father. Since Florence refuses to have an abortion (this, surprisingly, is actually discussed in the film), Margaret offers to take the baby and claim it as her own, since she knows it will please her husband. When Walker and Cranston return home, they discover that Florence has come into a sizable inheritance, and Cranston suddenly becomes very interested in marrying her, even though he refused to consider it before. They wed, but when Florence realizes he married her for her money, she dumps him and tells Walker that Margaret's baby is actually hers, and she wants it back. Margaret and her husband quarrel but eventually reconcile and raise a family of their own, while Florence weds Lawrence Branford, her uncle's secretary.