|The Cry of the Children (1912) – Silent Short
Run time: 29min | Short, Drama
Director: George Nichols
Writers: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Stars: James Cruze
Based on the poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, this is a powerful indictment of the use of children for hazardous and unhealthful work in factories that often resulted in their death and mutilation. It features some real footage of factory conditions, as well as a fictional story contrasting the home lives of workers and owners, and an attempted strike.