Synopsis by Hal Erickson
One of several popular domestic comedies directed by Mauritz Stiller, Thomas Graal's First Child (original Swedish title: Tomas Graals basta barn) is a follow-up to 1917's Thomas Graal's Best Film. Once more, Stiller's stars are Victor Sjostrom and his wife Karin Molander. Having overcome social obstacles in Best Film, Sjostrom and Molander are now married, with a child to their names. Both have definite ideas on how best to raise their offspring, and neither are willing to compromise. Despite frequent lapses into buffoonery and slapstick, the stars behave subtly and rationally at all times. Thomas Graal's First Child can be regarded as a precursor to the successful Charlie Chase 2-reelers of the 1920s and 1930s.
baby, child-rearing, family, parent, toddlers