Hand That Rocks the Cradle

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Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Directed by Phillips Smalley
Lois Weber
Produced by Phillips Smalley
Lois Weber
Written by Phillips Smalley
Lois Weber
Starring Phillips Smalley
Lois Weber
Priscilla Dean
Wedgwood Nowell
Evelyn Selbie
Harry De More
Cinematography Allen G. Siegler
Distributed by Universal Film Manufacturing Company
Release date
  • May 13, 1917 (1917-05-13)
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

Hand That Rocks the Cradle is an American silent film released in 1917. It was written, produced and directed by the husband and wife team Phillips Smalley and Lois Weber, who also play the lead roles. It was made in Hollywood under the working title Is a Woman a Person?[1][2]

The plot follows the careers of a husband and wife pair of activists campaigning for sex education and family planning. The events in the film were largely inspired by the trial of Margaret Sanger.

The film was an unofficial sequel to Where Are My Children?, a 1916 film by the same team, and has been classified as a lost film. It was not a commercial success upon its release, and Weber later claimed to be unhappy with the finished product.



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