Tomorrow's Children (July 1, 1934)

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Tomorrow's Children
 

Released on July 1, 1934: A young woman must agree to be sterilized to prevent her family from losing their welfare income.

Produced by Bryan Foy

Directed by Crane Wilbur

The Actors: Diane Sinclair (Alice Mason), Donald Douglas (Doctor Brooks), John Preston (Doctor Crosby), Carlyle Moore Jr. (Jim Baker), Sterling Holloway (Doctor Dorsey), W. Messenger Bellis (Doctor McIntosh), Hyram A. Hoover (Spike Howard), Constance Kent (nurse), Lewis Gambart (Jeff), Arthur Wanzer (Mr. Mason), Sarah Padden (Mrs. Mason), Gene O'Brien (unknown), Lane Chandler (courtroom attorney), Ray Corrigan (hospital intern), Frank LaRue (Judge Beakin), Dave O'Brien (hospital intern), Dick Rush (policeman), Crane Wilbur (Father O'Brien)

 

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The American Dream . . . D.O.A.

As our story opens Jim waits for his best girl, seventeen year old Alice, to get out of work. They walk happily into the park and sit in the sunshine. Jim wants to get married right away but Alice tells him that they must wait. Jim asks Alice how many children they will have when they do get married. Alice blushes and declares that they should start with two . . . First a little boy named Jimmy, and then a little girl . . . . . Then the trouble begins.

By 1934 the Hays Office was censoring motion pictures and setting rules of conduct on screen and even changing story plots if they didn’t fit the formula for their definition of a good movie. When this movie was produced it was quickly banned from being shown in any theater.

Producer Bryan Foy went to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and they upheld the ban by a vote of 3 in favor of banning the movie and 2 against. This movie was only cleared to be shown in two states . . . . Pennsylvania and Ohio when they decided to ignore the ban.

Seven years earlier United States Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, “society CAN prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.”

This movie was banned in the U.S. not because it was a pack of lies, but quite the opposite . . . . The story shows examples of real events in 1934 America, and society did not want the movie going public to see this story. Indeed, almost a hundred years later, you will probably never encounter this movie anywhere but here.

Diane Sinclair
Diane Sinclair
Arthur Wanzer and Sarah Padden
Arthur Wanzer and Sarah Padden
Arthur Wanzer
Arthur Wanzer
Carlyle Moore Jr.
Carlyle Moore Jr.
Carlyle Moore Jr., Diane Sinclair and Donald Douglas
Carlyle Moore Jr., Diane Sinclair and Donald Douglas
Carlyle Moore Jr. and Diane Sinclair
Carlyle Moore Jr. and Diane Sinclair
Carlyle Moore Jr. and Donald Douglas
Carlyle Moore Jr. and Donald Douglas
Carlyle Moore Jr.
Carlyle Moore Jr.
Diane Sinclair and Arthur Wanzer
Diane Sinclair and Arthur Wanzer
Diane Sinclair and Donald Douglas
Diane Sinclair and Donald Douglas
Diane Sinclair and Sarah Padden
Diane Sinclair and Sarah Padden
Diane Sinclair
Diane Sinclair
Donald Douglas and Arthur Wanzer
Donald Douglas and Arthur Wanzer
Donald Douglas and W. Messenger Bellis
Donald Douglas and W. Messenger Bellis
Donald Douglas
Donald Douglas
Frank LaRue
Frank LaRue
Hyram A. Hoover
Hyram A. Hoover
Hyram A. Hoover
Hyram A. Hoover
Lane Chandler
Lane Chandler
Sarah Padden and Crane Wilbur
Sarah Padden and Crane Wilbur
Sterling Holloway and Constance Kent
Sterling Holloway and Constance Kent
Sterling Holloway
Sterling Holloway
W. Messenger Bellis and Donald Douglas
W. Messenger Bellis and Donald Douglas
W. Messenger Bellis
W. Messenger Bellis