Hackneyed now, but a novelty in its time, this picture's plot deals with the consequences of divorce. Thomas is the woeful 11-year-old, placed in a military academy while father Arnold and mother Morley squabble about a settlement, and made to testify in court. Young Thomas played the role
on stage in a production that deviated substantially from the course of the film; the latter has a relatively happy ending, with Arnold reuniting with his son for a sunny finale typical of Hollywood's self-censorship. Actor Thomas' real-life father, Franklin (who later appeared in many of the
studio's releases under his real name), has a small role. In a remake, CHILD OF DIVORCE ...