The Child Thou Gavest Me (1921)

Melodrama | August 1921

Director:

John M. Stahl

Writer:

Cinematographer:

Ernest Palmer

Editor:

Madge Tyrone

Production Company:

John M. Stahl Productions
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was ... More Less

The working title of this film was Retribution. More Less

DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Retribution
Release Date:
August 1921
Premiere Information:
St. Paul premiere: ca20 August 1921
Copyright Claimant:
John M. Stahl Productions
Copyright Date:
14 November 1921
Copyright Number:
LP17432
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,091
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

On the day of her wedding, Norma Huntley, who wants to tell her fiancé, Edward Berkeley, a secret from her past, is advised by her mother not to do so. While the wedding is in progress, the woman who is caring for Norma's child (whom she believes to be dead) sends the child to the Huntley home. When Norma tries to explain matters, Edward tells her that he will adopt the child but will seek out and kill the father. Edward invites to their country home Tom Marshall, a friend he suspects of the parentage; during a storm, he finds Tom and Norma together, and he shoots Tom. Norma informs Edward that she was attacked by an unknown soldier while serving as a nurse in Belgium, and Edward recognizes himself as that very soldier. Edward then tries to kill himself, but Norma insists that he live to rear their child; Tom recovers from his wound; and all are ... +


On the day of her wedding, Norma Huntley, who wants to tell her fiancé, Edward Berkeley, a secret from her past, is advised by her mother not to do so. While the wedding is in progress, the woman who is caring for Norma's child (whom she believes to be dead) sends the child to the Huntley home. When Norma tries to explain matters, Edward tells her that he will adopt the child but will seek out and kill the father. Edward invites to their country home Tom Marshall, a friend he suspects of the parentage; during a storm, he finds Tom and Norma together, and he shoots Tom. Norma informs Edward that she was attacked by an unknown soldier while serving as a nurse in Belgium, and Edward recognizes himself as that very soldier. Edward then tries to kill himself, but Norma insists that he live to rear their child; Tom recovers from his wound; and all are reconciled. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Domestic


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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