Her Boy was originally titled Conscription, a reference to the WWI Draft Act. Upon America's entry into the war, widowed Effie Shannon refuses to allow her son to sign up for the Army. The boy is subsequently drafted, which pleases him but displeases Shannon, who illegally alters her son's birth certificate, making him appear to be under age. This would mean that the son was born at least ten months after his late father's death -- and thus it is that the boy is not only accused of being a "slacker," but of being a bastard as well. Finally aware of the damage she has caused, Shannon publicly confesses the truth, and in the last scene she looks on proudly as her boy marches off to the battlefields of France.
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