Should a Baby Die? (1916)

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The provocative title of this picture makes little sense until the very end. The son of a wealthy family (J.W. Johnston) grows weary of living an idle life and becomes a laborer in a steel mill. One day, on the way to work, he saves the life of a young Jewish girl (Gazelle Marche). A romance develops between the two, but her father (Arthur Donaldson), a pawnbroker, disapproves because the boy is a Gentile. Finally, it is revealed that the pawnbroker is only the girl's foster father. When she was an infant, her parents were killed in an accident, and although she was a cripple, the pawnbroker's wife refused to let her die. She believed that love and a good home would help the child overcome her disability, and she was right. The girl's parents, it turns out, were wealthy, so she proves to be an appropriate mate for the rich young man.