A mother unknowingly commits bigamy when her first husband, who was supposed to be dead, unexpectedly returns. She makes the ultimate sacrifice in order to preserve her innocent child's legitimacy.

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Unable to bear the abuse of her drunken soldier husband, the wife left her home and went to the city, where she became a nurse in a hospital. Her husband, recovering from a spree, treated his wife's disappearance as a joke and soon went with his company to the Philippines. Meantime a doctor at the hospital had fallen in love with the young wife and when news came from the Philippines that her husband had been killed she married him. They were very happy and a child was born to them. To a friend in her old home she sent a photograph of herself and family. Then her soldier husband returned for he had not been killed. During a reception at her new home he appeared on the scene. A dancer was to be there, but being unable to keep the engagement, the wife had prepared to perform the dance herself. The appearance of her soldier husband greatly excited her for it made her second marriage illegal. She thought of her baby who was playing innocently in his little bed, but she determined to go on... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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27 March 1911 (USA)  »

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Dramatic situations not commonly seen in photoplays
31 December 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The interest in this picture increases in intensity as it runs, to the climax which comes with the second marriage with the doctor, and the death which follows immediately. It is an interesting complication, developing dramatic situations not commonly seen in photoplays. The duel, in which the man and woman are mortally wounded, is properly suppressed. The results are sufficient. The death of the man first, allowing the woman to marry again with her last breath, insuring her child's honor, is a fitting close to a picture altogether out of the ordinary. The acting is upon a high plane and the photography is clear.

  • The Moving Picture World, April 8, 1911



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