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It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
Deserted by her husband, John Madison ( Herbert Heyes ), because he incorrectly accuses her of having an affair, Mary Madison ( Valeska Suratt ) goes to her aunt's house to have her baby, and then loses her memory in a train wreck. John, however, hears that she has died, so he takes possession of their infant daughter. Years later, John has remarried and Mary has regained her memory, but she does not know that her daughter is still alive. When she learns how John prizes his daughter, she decides to gain revenge on him by disgracing her, so she plots to have the daughter seduced by an ex-convict who served time on a trumped-up charge. The ex-convict and the daughter fall in love, however, and after their marriage, Mary finds out that the woman she tried to ruin is her own daughter. A less vengeful Mary then goes to John and is reconciled with him.
This 1916 silent drama was produced by the Fox Film Corporation, starring Valeska Suratt in her third film. Sadly, The Straight Way is now listed as lost.
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