This realistic German social drama was originally released in 1926 under the title Die Unelichen. Director Gerald Lamprecht examines the plight of Berlin's "street children," most of them born out of wedlock or abandoned as "inconvenient" by their selfish parents. The film concentrates on three such children, who are taken in by an inattentive married couple. Sorely neglected by their foster parents, the kids are denied decent food and clothing, and as a result one of the children dies of starvation. Only the belated arrival of the now-contrite birth mother saves the other two children from a similar fate. A happy ending of sorts ultimately comes about when one of the kids is adopted by a wealthy woman (who, unfortunately, is saddled with a nasty husband). The film closes with Lamprecht's plea to the German government to bestow legal status upon illegitimate children.
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