A young man and woman are considering marriage; eugenicist Harry J Haiselden warns that they are ill-matched and will produce defective offspring. He is right; their baby is born defective,... See full summary »

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Jane Fearnley ...
Allan Murnane ...
Tom Watson
Hamilton Revelle ...
Claude Leffingwell
Elsie Esmond ...
Anne Schultz
Henry Bergman ...
The Detective
John Miltern ...
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Edgar L. Davenport
George Moss
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Elsie Baker
Harry J. Haiselden ...
Dr. Dickey (as Dr. Harry J. Haiselden)
Bessie Wharton ...
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Frances White
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A young man and woman are considering marriage; eugenicist Harry J Haiselden warns that they are ill-matched and will produce defective offspring. He is right; their baby is born defective, dies quickly and floats into heaven. Written by Anonymous

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Kill defectives, save the nation and see 'The Black Stork'.

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February 1917 (USA)  »

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Are You Fit to Marry?  »

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7 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Those interested in knowing more about this film, and many related mostly silent-era films on eugenics, euthanasia, and social hygiene, should see my book, The Black Stork: Eugenics and the Death of 'Defective' Babies in American Medicine and Motion Pictures since 1915, published in paperback by Oxford University Press.

I discovered and obtained grant funds to preserve the only surviving viewable print of the film, in a 1927 re-release, titled Are You Fit to Marry.

The film is a uniquely valuable historical document, revealing that an American doctor publicly allowed infants to die because he judged them hereditarily unfit. However, be forewarned, it is not great cinema.

--Martin S. Pernick, University of Michigan


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