Farmer turned WWI hero Leslie returns home hoping to reunite with his wife Rose, but it turns out her parents had the unconsummated marriage annulled so she could wed the rich Lon Henderson. Rose throws herself at Leslie, itching for an affair due to her husband's penchant for infidelity, but he spurns her, marrying a young French immigrant named Catherine to get her off his back. When one of Lon's lovers commits suicide after he has cast her aside, he pins it all on Les and has his KKK-inspired group take action against him... Written by
Although the story takes place immediately after World War I (1918-1919), all of Evelyn Brent's and Helen Foster's clothes are strictly in the 1928 short skirt mode, completely out of place in the time frame of the story. See more »
Another treasure released from the achieves and shown on TCM. This is a gem and a silent picture that you will not want to miss. Now that it has premiered for the first time on television since its theatrical release in 1928 it will likely been shown many more times, but that of course is up to TCM and/or the owners of the film.
Thomas Meighan plays (Leslie Hatton) a farmer who returned from war to find his marriage to (Rose Henderson) played by Evelyn Brent had been annulled by her parents. She however eventually marries another man, but one who is unfaithful to her. In her desperate situation she tries to seduce Leslie to have an affair with her, but he has lost all interest in her and her lack of moral character.
He eventually decides to find an immigrant wife by going to Ellis Island and finds a young woman who agrees to marry him in exchange for taking her and her parents into the country under his care and responsibility. Problems arise however when Rose's persistence puts Leslie in a bad situation with a black mask group known as "The Order" who think they are the judge, jury and punishers of moral issues in their town.
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