The Cradle

The Cradle is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by Paul Powell and written by Olga Printzlau. The film stars Ethel Clayton, Charles Meredith, Mary Jane Irving, Anna Lehr, Walter McGrail, and Adele Farrington. The film was released on March 4, 1922, by Paramount Pictures.


As described in a film magazine, Margaret Harvey's (Clayton) husband, physician Dr. Robert Harvey (Meredith), is won away from his home by an attractive patient. A divorce follows and the doctor marries the patient. Margaret marries an old admirer, and the child Doris (Irving) is assigned to the custody of both parents for alternate periods of six months each. Both the step-mother and step-father resent the child's presence in their homes, and estrangement disturbs both households. The serious illness of the child results in the realization that the bond of parentage is stronger than man-made marriage, and the film closes with two more divorces and the prospect of a remarriage.

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    director Paul Powell
    genre drama
    keywords film magazine
    producer Jesse L. Lasky
    productionCompany Famous Players–Lasky Corporation
    publisher Paramount Pictures
    theme silent