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Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1917)

Passed | | Drama | 13 May 1917 (USA)
A doctor's wife is the head of a bureau that publishes and hands out literature on birth control. However, the police stop it and forbid her to speak in meetings about the secret that was ... See full summary »
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Phillips Smalley ...
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Mrs. Broome
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Mrs. Graham
Wedgwood Nowell ...
Mr. Graham
Evelyn Selbie ...
Sarah
Harry De More ...
Sarah's Husband
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Josephine Myers ...
Little Girl
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A doctor's wife is the head of a bureau that publishes and hands out literature on birth control. However, the police stop it and forbid her to speak in meetings about the secret that was open to the rich but closed to the poor. She is arrested for holding a meeting anyway, is arrested, but convinces her husband and a judge of the soundness of her beliefs. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Broadway Engagement Under the Auspices of Universal Film Manufacturing Company (original poster) See more »

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13 May 1917 (USA)  »

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Is a Woman a Person?  »

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A Tragic Loss For Silent Cinema
4 April 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Although she has been warned by the police chief to stop handing out literature on birth control, the wife of Dr. Broome ( Phillips Smalley ) remains committed to the cause. Visited by her former nursemaid Sarah ( Evelyn Selbie ), who is now overburdened by a growing family and a limited income, Mrs. Broome ( Lois Weber ) provides her with information on birth control. The spectacle of a consumptive woman suffering under the burden of too many pregnancies compels Mrs. Broome to address a public gathering on birth control. The police raid the meeting and arrest both Mrs. Broome and Sarah for spreading propaganda in violation of state laws. After serving a short sentence, they are finally pardoned by the governor and hopefully await the enactment of new legislation permitting the dissemination of birth control information.

This 1917 silent drama was based on the life of Margaret Sanger, produced by The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, starring Lois Weber. It was not a was not a commercial success at the time and tragically now remains a lost silent film.


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