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Lots could be done with the role.

Lots could be done with the role, a lip-smacking case history of an adopted, illegitimate girl in a small town.  Gossip and taunts bloom into total social ostracism and culminate in her attempted suicide.  Then there is a gallant rescue and eventually happy marriage to a man long suspected of being her father.  For convoluted plots this one bulged and groaned.  But therein lay opportunity…Shirley Temple from “Child” Star.

Mostly Melo:  Favorite Bastard- Orphan-Scarlet Mothers and Happy Family Films

  • A Summer Place (1959, Delmer Daves)
  • All Fall Down (1962, John Frankenheimer)
  • Auntie Mame (1958, Morton DaCosta)
  • Blue Denim (1959, Philip Dunne)
  • Broken Blossoms (1919, DW Griffith)
  • East of Eden (1955, Elia Kazan)
  • I Want to Keep My Baby (1976, Jerry Thorpe)
  • Indochine (1992, Regis Wargnier)
  • Intolerance (1916, DW Griffith)
  • It (1927, Clarence G Badjia/Joseph von Sternberg)
  • Johnny Belinda (1948, Jean Negulesco)
  • Kim (1950, Victor Saville)
  • Kitty Foyle (1940, Sam Wood)
  • Kommisar (1988, Aleksandr Askoldov)
  • Madame X (1937, Sam Wood)
  • Mommie Dearest (1981, Frank Perry)
  • Natural Enemy (1997, Douglas Jackson)
  • Not Wanted (1949, Elmer Clifton/Ida Lupino)
  • Penny Serenade (1941, George Stevens)
  • Peyton Place (1957, Mark Robson)
  • Reno Finds Her Mom
  • Return to Peyton Place (1961, Jose Ferrer)
  • Sarah and Son (1930, Dorothy Artzner)
  • Secrets and Lies (1996, Mike Leigh)
  • Stella Dallas (1937, King Vidor)
  • Teenage Tupelo (1995, John Michael McCarthy)
  • That Hagen Girl (1947, Peter Godfrey)
  • The Bad Seed (1956, Mervyn Leroy)
  • The Bigamist (1953, Ida Lupino)
  • The Cleaner (Leon) (1994 Luc Bresson)
  • The Great Lie (1941, Edmund Goulding)
  • The Old Maid (1939, Edmund Goulding)
  • The Restless Years (1958, Helmut Kautner)
  • The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931, Edwin Selwyn)
  • The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers (1946, Lewis Milestone)
  • Way Down East (1920, DW Griffith)
  • Wild Boys on the Road (1933, William Wellman)
  • Wuthering Heights (1939, William Wyler)