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When the Bough Breaks (1947)

| Drama | 1948 (Austria)
Emotional strains of adoption. A young mother hands over her baby to foster parents, but struggles to let go emotionally. Her obsession affects the lives of those around her, including the child.

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Lily Bates
Rosamund John ...
Frances Norman
Bill Owen ...
Bill Collins
Brenda Bruce ...
Ruby Chapman
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Robert Norman
Cavan Malone ...
Jimmy
Leslie Dwyer ...
George
Sonia Holm ...
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Adams
Catherine Lacey ...
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Edith Sharpe ...
Matron
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Ada Reeve ...
2nd Landlady
Joan Haythorne ...
Miss Brent
Edie Martin ...
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Emotional strains of adoption. A young mother hands over her baby to foster parents, but struggles to let go emotionally. Her obsession affects the lives of those around her, including the child.

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Robert Norman: Shall I get my solicitor to draw up the papers?
Lily Bates: What papers?
Robert Norman: Well, there'll have to be a legal document you know.
Lily Bates: I won't sign anything.
Robert Norman: Well, really!
Lily Bates: I'm giving you my baby to bring up because I trust you. Not because of a lot of words on a bit of paper.
Frances Norman: Of course, Lily. There's no need for us to worry about agreements.
Robert Norman: Alright, but as a businessman...
Frances Norman: As a businessman, darling, you'd make a very poor mother.
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Not just for women.
13 December 2001 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

When this movie was made, the position of a young single working mother would have been just about too scandalous to contemplate. The movie provides a very sympathetic portrayal of the difficulties which at that time made adoption a common outcome. We also see how difficult it can be to live with the adoption decision over time, and how many implications there can be even years later. Some of the events may seem a little unlikely today due to changing attitudes and laws, but the calm and unsensational approach of this movie makes it more than a mere tear-jerker.


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