~Maternity~
1917
Directed by: John B. O'Brien

Written by:
Shannon Fife (Screenplay)

Based on the story ""The Cry of the Unborn," by Shannon Fife.
~Cast~

Alice Brady ... Ellen Franklin
Marie Chambers ... Louise Randall
John Bowers ... David Gordon
David Powell ... John Locke
Herbert Barrington ... Henry Franklin
Florence Crane ... Marion Franklin
Stanhope Wheatcroft ... Dan Miller
Charles Duncan ... Joseph Randall
Louis R. Grisel ... Jed
Julia Stuart ... Amelia
Madge Evans ... Constance
John Dudley ... Family Doctor
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: World Film

Cinematography by: Harry B. Harris
Presenter: William A. Brady

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: May 28, 1917

Filmed at: Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA
~Plot Synopsis~
Ellen Franklin marries John Locke, but refuses to bear him children because three generations of the
women in her family have died in childbirth. Because of his wife's attitude, Locke finds himself drawn
to his old love, Constance, now a widow with a child who bears her name. After her sister Marion dies
in childbirth, Ellen becomes more obsessed. One day, little Constance seeks Locke at his home but
instead finds Ellen, who begins to drive her home. En route, they have a car accident and are
hospitalized. When a fire breaks out in the hospital, at the risk of her own life, Ellen rescues
Constance and restores her to her mother. With her fear of death vanquished, Ellen no longer dreads
having a child, and Locke returns to her.