Children of Divorce


Drama / Romance

IMDb Rating 6.6 10 264

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Hedda Hopper as Katherine Flanders
Clara Bow as Kitty Flanders
Gary Cooper as Edward D. 'Ted' Larrabee
659.74 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 11 min
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Reviewed by bkoganbing 6 / 10

Old fashioned morality tale

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.

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 7 / 10

Very tragic story

This tragic silent movie completely lives up to its title. The beginning of the movie shows a school for children whose parents are busy getting a European divorce. One mother drops her daughter off without a care in the world, and the lonely child quickly gets taken under the wing of a more experienced girl, whose mother is on her fourth divorce. The girls become very close, but a boy comes between them.

The older girl sees a boy at the "orphanage" and vows to marry him when she's older. She grows up into Esther Ralston, and the younger girl grows up to become Clara Bow. The boy is Gary Cooper, and while he and Esther have feelings for one another, Esther isn't as pushy as the beautiful flapper. Clara is impulsive and doesn't let a little thing like friendship stand in her way. After all, how can a child of divorce really respect and value marriage?

You've been warned: this is a heavy movie, and you'll probably shed a tear by the time it's all over. But if you love watching Clara Bow movies or want to see Gary Cooper in a silent movie, you can give it a chance.

Reviewed by kidboots 7 / 10

Travis Banton's Luminous Gowns Are the Star!!!

It didn't seem to matter if the story was flimsy - Gary Cooper was already a heart-throb around the Paramount studio and being teamed with Clara Bow, his female equivalent, was viewed with anticipation. But it didn't go to plan - Cooper who had been mainly in out door epics, was like a fish out of water in this sophisticated drama. After a few days Cooper was sacked and replaced by Douglas Gilmore a more experienced actor but Clara had campaigned behind the scenes on Cooper's behalf and he was reinstated.

The movie started out as a daring, topical drama but not even Clara could save it. Most cinema goers found Esther Ralston mechanical and Gary Cooper unconvincing. I thought it was a case of Paramount trying to widen Clara's appeal but it didn't really work - apart from her initial scenes there was just too much pathos and until the end her character was unsympathetic.

Jean and Kitty meet in a French convent, both products of the divorce rage with parents eager to get back into the single swing and not wanting a child cramping their style (Joyce Coad makes a very appealing Kitty).

Years later they are both young debs - Kitty (Clara Bow) is the life of any party, yet as a child she lacked confidence. Maybe explained by her mercenary mother (Hedda Hopper, who else?) that because of their financial position she must marry money!! That's too bad for Prince Vico (Einar Hansen) an impoverished aristocrat who really loves Kitty who in turn returns his love. Jean (Ralston) on the other hand is supposed to be the richest girl in America - she catches the eye of Ted Larabee (Cooper), the wild boy of the group who remembers a childhood promise of marriage they both made to each other. Jean will not agree to the marriage - Ted is now one of the idle rich where once he had ambition to be an engineer and she wants him to find his self respect again. Kitty is determined that the only bridges he will be connected with are the ones he burns!! She takes him out for a night of revelry and he wakes up married - to Kitty who has tricked him into it!! Two years later, Jean has vowed never to marry even though receiving a proposal from Vico who truthfully confesses he can't give her his love!!

You can see it's a pretty doleful movie, no one is really happy and when Kitty finally tries to make amends by asking for a divorce when she realises that Vico still carries a torch for her, she finds no joy there either as his family will not allow him to marry a divorced woman. Clara has some emotive moments but Gary Cooper was the only actor to receive any glory - for his first leading role he is a stand out, you can't take your eyes from him!! And the restoration just illuminates Travis Banton's (although uncredited) luminous gowns, they are breath taking.

A bit of back stage gossip - none of the big wigs liked the movie but they couldn't shelve such an expensive A grade movie so they got in Josef Von Sternberg as a "movie doctor" to fix up many of the scenes. Since all the stars had already started their next movie filming was done at night and the non stop schedule was brutal!!

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