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The Cry of the Children (1912)

An indicment of the evils of child labor, the film was controversial in its time for its use of actual footage of children employed in a working mill.

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An indicment of the evils of child labor, the film was controversial in its time for its use of actual footage of children employed in a working mill. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A Drama with a Stark Message
7 July 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Cry of the Children

*** (out of 4)

The Thanhouser company produced this thirty minute film about the rich and the poor. The setting is a factory where a husband labors to make sure his family is fed, although they are still very much poor. The factory owner's wife one day sees the poor man's young daughter and convinces the family to allow her to have a "better" life but tragedy soon happens.

THE CRY OF THE CHILDREN was directed by James Cruze who would eventually direct some of the most popular films of the 1920s and he also made a name as an actor including appearing in the same year's DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE. This film here is certainly slow-moving at the start but the film certainly packs a nice little punch during the final five minutes. At thirty minutes this here is extremely long for the period but the director certainly manages to get the message across. In fact, I'd say the message was a tad bit too strong and over-the-top but there were a lot of union issues going on during this period so obviously people back them had a rooting interest in the film.


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