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Child of Divorce

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Child of Divorce

Child of Divorce
File:Child of Divorce FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Richard Fleischer
Starring Sharyn Moffett
Release date(s) October 15, 1946
Running time 62 min.
Country United States
Language English

Child of Divorce is a 1946 film directed by Richard Fleischer.

Plot Summary

Young Roberts "Bobby" Carter, only eight years old, catches her mother Joan as she kisses a man who isn't her father in a park. She is especially embarassed, since her friends are present and recognizes her mother.

Bobbt's father Ray is away on a business trip, as he so often is, but comes home all of a sudden, bringing a small toy piano as a gift to Bobby. Joan tries to collect enough courage to tell her husband about her affair, but backs out in the last second.

Bobby is bullied for her mother's antics and romantics and ends up asking God to make her parents fall back in love. Unaware of her daughter's discovery, Joan continues to see her lover, Michael Benton.

Soon Ray becomes suspicious because of Joan's frequent absence from their home and asks her about it. Joan confesses that she is seeing another man and that she wants a divorce.

Bobby watches from a hidden position how her parents talk, and how her father slaps her mother in the face. Joan flees the house and is followed by the desperate Bobby. Joan tells her daughter that she is leaving the house and her father immediately and that she is taking Bobby with her. Bobby is crushed.

Months later, Bobby is asked to the stand in her parents' divorce trial, as a witness of her mother's infidelity, but she refuses to leave any information. Her parents divorce and a judge grants Joan custody of Bobby for all year except summer. Later, Joan marries Michael but Bobby refuses to accept Michael as her stepfather.

Michael grows tired of Bobby's behavior and tells Joan that the girl is breaking their marriage apart. When Bobby returns to her father in the summer, she is introduced to his new fiancé, Louise Norman, and gets even more upset.

A psychiatrist tells Joan and Ray that bobby needs stability and continuity in her life to cope, and strongly suggests that only one of them should have sole custody over her. None of the parents feels up to this task, and instead Bobby is sent away to a boarding school.

Bobby is eventualky visited by her parents, one at a time, and one of her schoolmates tell her that she will be used to being alone. To the sound of church bells playing the same tune as on her toy piano, Joan vows to herself that she will never leave her own children when she grows up, and tuck them to bed every night. [1]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database


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