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Cradle Snatchers is a 1927 American silent comedy film directed by Howard Hawks. The picture is based on the 1925 Russell Medcraft and Norma Mitchell stage play of the same name that starred Mary Boland, Edna May Oliver, and Humphrey Bogart. An incomplete copy, missing part of reel 3 and all of reel 4, exists in the Library of Congress.[1][2][3]

Cradle Snatchers
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Directed byHoward Hawks
Produced byWilliam Fox
Written bySarah Y. Mason (scenario)
Malcolm Stuart Boylan (intertitles)
Based onCradle Snatchers
by Russell Medcraft and Norma Mitchell
StarringLouise Fazenda
Dorothy Phillips
Ethel Wales
CinematographyL. William O'Connell
Distributed byFox Film
Release date
  • May 28, 1927 (1927-05-28)
Running time
7 reels; 6,281 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The film was later remade as Why Leave Home? (1929).[4]



Three unhappy, middle-aged housewives teach their adulterous husbands a lesson by starting affairs with college-aged young men during the jazz age.



  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Cradle Snatchers at
  2. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Cradle Snatchers
  3. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Cradle Snatchers
  4. ^ American Film Institute (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States. 1921-1930. F2. University of California Press. p. 898. ISBN 0-520-20969-9.

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