Cast & Crew
Robert, a college student, keeps his marriage a secret from his parents. After his wife and child die, Robert is blackmailed by his wife's sister, who had previously seduced Robert and who now claims that he is the father of her child, Rosalind. In fact, she has obtained custody of Rosalind solely for the purpose of blackmailing Robert, and raises the child harshly. Ten years later, Robert is engaged to marry again, and his blackmailer sets out to attend his wedding and embarrass him publicly. She is stricken by illness en route, however, and dies at the home of David Granger, a solitary blacksmith who is grieving over the recent theft of his hoard of money. David decides to care for Rosalind, and the two become attached before Robert locates Rosalind and tries to reclaim her. The truth about Rosalind's parentage is made known at the last minute, and David and Rosalind are allowed to remain together.
This film, originally titled The Waif at the Crossroads, was reported to be six reels long and nearly completed in an article in a trade journal in July 1920. Industrial Film Co. acquired the film in the fall of 1920, by which time it was five reels long and entitled The Little Outcast. It was reviewed in at least one trade journal in November 1920, though it is not certain that it was released then. Certified Pictures acquired the film and released it in 1922 under the title Are Children to Blame?; it is listed under that title in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 (F2.0160). A pre-release article lists Alexander Loftus as a cast member. For other screen adaptations of Eliot's novel, see below listing for Silas Marner.