Selling the Silents #4


(From the Paramount release book, 1927)

Directed by Frank Lloyd (Cavalcade, Mutiny on the Bounty)--reportedly with an assist from Josef Von Sternberg--Children of Divorce would eventually star Clara Bow, in her first major film after It, and Gary Cooper in a tale of a flapper who tricks her childhood sweetheart into marriage, even though he loves another. This piece of artwork makes it look like a superb portrayal of jazz age life, on par with Our Dancing Daughters, with some silent/pre-code naughtiness to spice up the proceedings. And of course Paramount will never let it slip from its cold, dead hands so the people who might actually care about it can see it.

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