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Children of Divorce (1927)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 25 April 1927 (USA)
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.


Frank Lloyd, Josef von Sternberg (uncredited)


Owen Johnson (novel) (as Owen McMahon Johnson), Adela Rogers St. Johns (story) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clara Bow ... Kitty Flanders
Esther Ralston ... Jean Waddington
Gary Cooper ... Edward D. 'Ted' Larrabee
Einar Hanson ... Prince Ludovico de Saxe
Norman Trevor ... Duke Henri de Goncourt
Hedda Hopper ... Katherine Flanders
Edward Martindel ... Tom Larrabee
Julia Swayne Gordon ... Princess De Saxe
Tom Ricketts ... The Secretary
Albert Gran ... Mr. Seymour
Iris Stuart Iris Stuart ... Mousie
Margaret Campbell Margaret Campbell ... Mother Superior
Percy Williams ... Manning
Joyce Coad Joyce Coad ... Little Kitty
Yvonne Pelletier ... Little Jean


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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Dancing Daughters, Jazz Orphans. "Courtship, Marriage, Divorce." Loveless lives and hearts hidden behind masks of riotous gayety. Lovable, pitiable children of divorce- (Print Ad-The Evening Sun,((Vancouver, B.C.)) 22 April 1927)


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Release Date:

25 April 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Filhos do Divórcio See more »

Filming Locations:

Del Monte, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent | Stereo (New score by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Hall was originally chosen to play the male lead, but the role was given to Gary Cooper at the insistence of star Clara Bow. The role helped to propel Cooper towards superstardom. See more »


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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Old fashioned morality tale
13 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Children Of Divorce has an honored place among films of Hollywood's wildest child of the Roaring 20s Clara Bow It's also her second film with Gary Cooper with whom she was getting wild with at the time.

According to the Citadel Film series book on the Films Of Gary Cooper, Bow saw him and raved like the rest of the American public in his breakout role in The Winning Of Barbara Worth. She got him a small role in her film coming up which was It and personally saw he was cast as the male lead in Children Of Divorce.

Two girls who met as kids and coming from divorced parents grow up to be Clara Bow and Esther Ralston. Esther is a good girl with firmly fixed ideas on morality and a man size crush on a boy who grows up to be Gary Cooper. Clara is not so good and she has a fool proof way of getting a man. In fact after a drunken orgiastic night they find themselves married.

Ralston who has a lot of bucks on her own gets nailed by an impoverished prince who played by Einar Hansson on the rebound. Hansson wants to start living like a prince for a change.

Bow is at her hedonistic best in Children Of Divorce. And as we all learned the movie camera just loved Gary Cooper. He was fortunate indeed to have a voice that matched that look when talkies came in.

Children Of Divorce is the kind of old fashioned morality tale that is unlikely to be remade today. One for fans of the stars.

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