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The Decision of Christopher Blake (1948)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  23 December 1948 (USA)
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Evelyn and Ken Blake are about to break up their marriage and get a divorce. While she still loves him, she can not forgive his infidelity. Their son, 12-year-old Christopher, is hurt and ... See full summary »

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Robert Douglas ...
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Judge Alexander Adamson
Ted Donaldson ...
Christopher Blake
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Mr. Caldwell
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Clara
Art Baker ...
Mr. Kurlick
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Evelyn and Ken Blake are about to break up their marriage and get a divorce. While she still loves him, she can not forgive his infidelity. Their son, 12-year-old Christopher, is hurt and confused. The divorce suit goes to court and Ted must choose which of his parents he wants to stay with, and is unable to decide. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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23 December 1948 (USA)  »

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O Poder da Inocência  »

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The role of Evelyn Blake was offered to Norma Shearer. See more »

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When Alexis Smith and Ted Donaldson are riding home, they are in a post-war De Soto Taxicab. But in the stock footage selected to show the taxi driving up to the front of their house, it is a pre-war model, about ten years older. See more »

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As strange as, though better than, The Guilt of Janet Ames
20 June 2004 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

I have been ill and unable to comment on movies for several months, but I couldn't pass this one by:

In many ways like a filmed play, this movie includes several scenes set against backdrops made to look like a child's (presumably he title character's) drawing.

He is the son of parents who are -- gasp! -- about to divorce. For its time, it may have been adventuresome but it seems quite melodramatic psychologically in that respect when viewed today.

Alexis Smith is the mother, to whom he seems so close as to presage romantic movies such as Murmur of the Heart and harsher ones like Spanking the Monkey. I like her and like the director but she seems to have been directed to stare blankly to show her distress and confusion.

It reminded me of The Guilt of Janet Ames in terms of the stagy dream sequences; ut it is considerably better than that hilarious mess.


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