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Child of Divorce (1946)

Passed | | Drama | 15 October 1946 (USA)
An eight-year-old girl is an unwilling and disturbed witness of parental quarrels in her home, and when the parents finally secure a divorce, the judge decrees that the young girl live with... See full summary »

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(play) (as Leopold L. Atlas), (screenplay)
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Michael Benton
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Nora, the Maid
Doris Merrick ...
Louise Norman
Harry Cheshire ...
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Dr. Sterling
Lillian Randolph ...
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Gregory Marshall ...
Freddie (as Gregory Muradian)
George McDonald ...
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Patsy Converse ...
Betty
Ann Carter ...
Peggy Allen
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An eight-year-old girl is an unwilling and disturbed witness of parental quarrels in her home, and when the parents finally secure a divorce, the judge decrees that the young girl live with her mother for eight months and her father the other four months. The divided life affects her both mentally and physically. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Filhos do Divórcio  »

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I wish divorcing parents would be forced to watch this before they were granted divorces.
24 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Child of Divorce" is an incredibly depressing film. Yet, I also enjoyed it because it didn't sugar-coat the story and shows the effects divorce can have on a child. In fact, I think this film should be a must-see for anyone contemplating having a divorce, as too often I have heard folks talk about how kids 'get over things' rather easily--and in this film, it certainly isn't true.

The story begins with a man (Regis Toomey) going off on a business trip. While he's gone, his daughter, Bobby (Sharyn Moffett), catches her mother (Madge Meredith) with another man. Later, the woman asks her husband for a divorce--and the child is sucked into the middle of this custody battle. In fact, throughout the film, these selfish and thoroughly despicable parents never seem to care about the effect all this has on the child. And, unlike most Hollywood films of the day, this one does NOT end on a happy note. The child is traumatized, cast aside and left to fend for herself in a boarding school.

As I said, this one is awfully depressing. But it's also well made and quite compelling. I especially like that there is no magical happy ending--it adds to the realism and impact of the film. Well worth seeing and an amazingly well made B-movie.


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