Which Shall It Be? (1924)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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Although the story line to this sentimental drama was ridiculously simple, director Renaud Hoffman managed to fill out five reels by adding a lot of warm, domestic touches. Robert Moore (David Torrence) achieves great wealth while his brother John (Willis Marks), a small farmer, has to struggle to support his wife (Ethel Wales) and seven children (Mary McLane, Billy Bonwin, Newton Hause, Miriam Ballah, Dick Winslow, Buck Black, and Thayer Strain). In spite of all his money, Robert feels his life is empty, so he writes John, offering him a nice house and a good allowance if he will let him have one of his children. John and his wife try to choose one child while the kids are sleeping, but they can't bear to let any of them go. The next day, they decide that the oldest girl, who has musical talent, should go to Robert, since he can give her opportunities that they can't. But then they still can't give her up, and the family finds happiness in being united. The film was loosely based on the poem Not One to Spare by E.L. Beers.



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