Sylia Hamilton rehabilitates an alcoholic attorney and marries him. When World War I breaks out, she is persuaded to help the German cause and later commits suicide rather than compromise ... See full summary »

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Sylia Hamilton rehabilitates an alcoholic attorney and marries him. When World War I breaks out, she is persuaded to help the German cause and later commits suicide rather than compromise her husbands career. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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29 December 1918 (USA)  »

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Tragic Loss For Silent Cinema
17 April 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In search of local color, writer Gretchen Barker ( Gretchen Lederer ) visits a skid row bar, where she meets Dale Barker ( Harry Mestayer ), an alcoholic who was once a prominent attorney. Through Gretchen's help, Dale overcomes his craving for liquor and resumes his career. Gratitude moves him to marry Gretchen, who becomes his wife without informing him that she is a German spy. Later, Dale falls in love with his stenographer, Sylvia Hamilton ( Gloria Swanson ), and although the young woman returns his affections, she quits her job for the sake of Dale's marriage. Dr. Meyer Stahl ( Jack Richardson ), the head of the German spy ring, hires Sylvia, and at Gretchen's bidding, he tries to have her arrested as an agent. Sylvia, however, has discovered Stahl's activities and offers the authorities a list of his accomplices, not knowing that Gretchen's name is on it. Seeing the list, Dale is torn between gratitude to his wife and loyalty to his country, but Gretchen helps him out of his dilemma by drinking poison. Later, Dale and Sylvia find happiness together.

This 1918 silent drama was produced by the Triangle Distributing Corporation, starring popular actress Gloria Swanson. Tragically, Wife or Country now remains a lost silent film.


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