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A Sad Loss for Silent Cinema
23 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

An aspiring writer, Jane Hawley ( Nance O'Neil ) , gives in to the seductions of Howard Sterling ( Alfred Hickman ), a magazine editor, but when later rejected by him, weds Captain Wilson Stanley ( Clifford Bruce ). After Jane gives birth to Harrison, Wilson is sent to the Philippines to guard a leper colony. In financial ruins, Sterling returns to try and win back Jane's favor and is seen embracing her by Wilson's father, who banishes Jane from the Stanley home. Informed of his wife's presumed adultery, a dazed Wilson exposes himself to the leprosy and spends several years in quarantine while Harrison ( Alfred Hickman ) grows up in a boarding school. Years later, Jane is accused of killing Sterling but is defended in court by Harrison, who is still unaware of her real identity. The condemned Jane is about to be sentenced when Wilson, the actual killer, confesses to his crime and reveals Harrison to be Jane and Sterling's son.

This 1915 silent drama was based on the play, A Woman's Past by Captain John King. Produced by the Fox Film Corporation and starring Nance O'Neil and Alfred Hickman, who were both praised by critics of the day, for their fine performances. Sadly, this film remains many of the lost early silent films produced by Fox Studio.


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