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Children of Divorce (1927)

A young flapper tricks her childhood sweetheart into marrying her. He really loves another woman, but didn't marry her for fear the marriage would end in divorce, like his parents'. Complications ensue.

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Cast

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Kitty Flanders
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Jean Waddington
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Edward D. 'Ted' Larrabee
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Prince Ludovico de Saxe
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Duke Henri de Goncourt
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Katherine Flanders
Edward Martindel ...
Tom Larrabee
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Princess De Saxe
Tom Ricketts ...
The Secretary
Albert Gran ...
Mr. Seymour
Iris Stuart ...
Mousie
Margaret Campbell ...
Mother Superior
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Manning
Joyce Coad ...
Little Kitty
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Little Jean
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A young flapper tricks her childhood sweetheart into marrying her. He really loves another woman, but didn't marry her for fear the marriage would end in divorce, like his parents'. Complications ensue.

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25 April 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Filhos do Divórcio  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Clara Bow was dating Gary Cooper at the time this film was being made. According to Esther Ralston, Bow scandalized her cast members with disclosures of their nightly sexual escapades. Ralston said she was among the shocked, however she still enjoyed working with Bow. See more »

Quotes

Kitty Flanders: You'd make a marvelous second husband but you are too much of a luxury for a poor girl's first husband.
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Referenced in Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl (1999) See more »

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Ted and Jean and Vico and Kitty
16 August 2016 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Seems as though everyone's in love with everyone else in this soaper from what ultimately became Paramount Studios. There are good performances from all concerned, even from Gary Cooper in his first starring role. It is summarized by the reviewer from the Library of Congress above, and is a jumble of love shuffled among the various characters. The nominal star is Clara Bow, who here plays the 'heavy', but all eyes are on Gary Cooper, who subsequently became a huge Hollywood star. Esther Ralston has the supporting actress role and she is beautiful in a sympathetic part.

The film is what amounts to a polemic on the hazards of divorce but is not without merit. There are several poignant, sentimental moments which hold up due to some very competent performances, even by Cooper himself in his first big part. The year is 1927 and the film holds some very outdated views of marriage and divorce but, as often with silents, they must be viewed with a sense of atavism, as when one goes to a museum - or, in this case, a film festival. (Capitolfest, Rome, N.Y., 8/12/16.


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