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In the Name of Love (1925) -- Lost Silent, 22 June 2015

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Raoul Melnotte ( Ricardo Cortez ) returns from Chicago to the French town of his birth in search of Marie Dufrayne ( Greta Nissen ), the sweetheart of his college days, disappointed to find that she has become a wealthy social climber in search of a titled husband. Raoul proposes to Marie, but she turns him down when she discovers that he is only a businessman. In league with her other two rejected suitors, Raoul decides to masquerade as a prince, only revealing his true identity after they are married. Learning that she has married a common businessman, Marie at first is overcome with anger, but true love wins out in the end, and she and Raoul settle down to a happy married life.

This 1925 comedy/romance was based on the novel, The Lady of Lyons by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton. The film was produced by the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation and starred Norwegian born actress Greta Nissen. Sadly it now remains a lost silent.

In the Palace of the King (1923) -- Lost Silent Film, 22 June 2015

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This elaborate costume drama/romance, filmed on magnificent sets, was based on a novel and boasted many popular stars of silent cinema. It was produced by Goldwyn Pictures Corporation and released on October 28 1923. Tragically it now remains a lost film and all I can offer the reader is a brief synopsis.

King Philip of Spain ( Sam De Grasse ), jealous of the popularity of his brother, Don John ( Edmund Lowe ), sends him to fight the Moors, hoping that will be his demise. Don John is in love with beautiful Dolores Mendoza ( Blanche Sweet ), daughter of General Mendoza ( Hobart Bosworth ), but Mendoza discourages Dolores, knowing that if Don John does return, he is to marry the Queen of England's sister. Don John returns triumphantly, but in a quarrel over a secret letter, the king wounds Don John with his sword and leaves him for dead. When Mendoza takes the blame, Dolores, who was nearby and knows that the king is guilty, tells the court she had been dishonoured by Don John--thus the reason for her father's wrath. Then Dolores threatens the king that she will tell the truth to his subjects unless her father is pardoned. Don John recovers, the king pardons Mendoza, and Dolores marries her sweetheart.

In Love with Love (1924) -- Lost Silent Film ?, 21 June 2015

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Flirtatious and pampered daughter of a wealthy contractor, Ann Jordan ( Marguerite De La Motte ) is engaged to Robert Metcalf ( Harold Goodwin ), a laid-back and boring young man. She then meets Frank Oaks ( Allan Sears ), who aggressively sweeps her off her feet, and she is presently engaged to him also. Mr. Jordan ( Will Walling ), Ann's father, becomes interested in one of Robert's friends, Jack Gardner ( Allan Forrest ), an engineer who is preparing a design for a bridge competition. The elder Jordan invites Jack to the house and secretly copies Jack's plans for the bridge. Ann falls in love with Jack, who is eligible and seemingly nonchalant; Jack is too reserved to declare his love, so Ann is forced to propose to him, and Jack accepts. Jack's plan for the bridge wins the competition, but in Jordan's name rather than his own. Jack breaks off with Ann, believing that she has professed love for him only to help her father steal his plans. Jack and Ann are reconciled, however, when her father explains that he prevented Jack from winning the competition only to be sure that Jack was free to accept an extremely important position with the Jordan firm.

Produced by the Fox Film Corporation, this 1924 drama/romance, sadly remains a lost silent film.

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In Folly's Trail (1920) -- Lost Silent Film ?, 21 June 2015

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At a party thrown by millionaire Max Goldberg ( George B. Williams ), Charles Howard ( Thomas Holding ), an aristocratic young artist, capitulate to the glamour of chorus girl Lita O'Farrell ( Carmel Myers ), Goldberg's erstwhile girl friend. After a whirlwind courtship, the two marry and then their incompatibilities begin to surface. Howard's cold, superior attitude drives Lila back to Goldberg's crowd, where Howard finds her. Confronted by Howard with the accusation of wife stealing, Goldberg turns the tables by lecturing to the artist about the right way to treat one's wife. Fully humiliated., Howard now begs Lita's forgiveness and the two are happily reconciled.

This 1920 drama was produced by Universal Film and starred the beautiful actress Carmel Myers. Sadly it now remains a lost silent film.

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In Borrowed Plumes (1926) -- Lost Silent Film, 21 June 2015

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This 1926 light-hearted comedy/romance distributed by Arrow Pictures Corporation, starred the popular actress Marjorie Daw. Sadly it now remains a lost silent film and this brief synopsis is all I can offer the reader.

Penniless society girl Mildred Grantley ( Marjorie Daw ), who wants to be an actress, passes herself off as the Countess D'Autreval ( Marjorie Daw ). Through a mutual friend, Mildred gets to know the wealthy Dean family, falling in love with Philip Dean ( Niles Welch ), a handsome young bachelor. A woman claiming to be the real countess shows up and persuades Mildred to introduce her to the Deans. Mrs. Dean smells a rat, however, and hires a detective who exposes the woman as a famous international crook. The honest-to-goodness countess finally shows up, and Mildred and Philip finally find happiness together in true love.

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Rose of the World (1918) -- Tragic Loss, 21 June 2015

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While in India, Rosamond English ( Elsie Ferguson ) learns that her husband Capt. Harry English ( Wyndham Standing ) has been killed in battle. After a time, she marries Sir Arthur Gerardine ( Clarence Handyside ) but is unable to forget her first husband, and gradually her love for him is rekindled, especially when she contrasts him to the pompous and elderly Sir Arthur. Rosamond returns to England to assist Lieut. Belhune ( Percy Marmont )in writing a biography of Capt. English, however, this only serves to increase her mental anguish. When Sir Arthur arrives with his Indian servant, he notices a decline in his wife's condition. After spending a day reading the captain's diary, in which he remarked that food and water were scarce, she comes to the dinner table terribly distracted. The sight of the plentiful supply of food and water makes her hysterical, and she is confined to her bed. In her delirium, Rosamond requests that the Indian servant pray for Capt. Harry's return, and the prayer is answered when the servant reveals himself to be the Captain in disguise. Rosamond is healed and Sir Arthur departs.

This intriguing drama was based on the novels of Agnes and Egerton Castle and filmed by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Artcraft Pictures. It was directed by French film director and screenwriter, Maurice Tourneur and starred the beautiful stage and film actress, Elsie Ferguson. The loss of this film is a tragic one for fans of silent cinema.

The First Degree (1923) -- Lost Film ?, 21 June 2015

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This 1923 melodrama was produced by Universal Pictures and presented by Carl Laemmle. Sadly the status of this film is listed as unknown, and all I can provide the reader is this brief synopsis. Hopefully a copy survives and resurfaces for fans of silent cinema.

When Sam Bass ( Frank Mayo ) receives a summons to testify before a grand jury, he does not realize that the matter concerns sheep-stealing and assumes it to concern the murder of his brother, Will ( Philo McCullough ). Conscience-stricken, Sam relates a long tale about how Will had framed him for bank robbery, then blackmailed him. Sam further confesses that he killed Will in a fight. However, the jury is sympathetic and refuses to indict Sam. The next witness is Will, very much alive, who is eventually convicted of both sheep-stealing and blackmail.

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The White Sister (1915) -- Lost Film ?, 21 June 2015

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Donna Angela Chiaromonte's ( Viola Allen) father, a prince, is tragically killed in an auto accident, her double-crossing aunt, who desires Angela's sweetheart, Lieutenant Giovanni Severi ( Richard C. Travers ), burns the Prince's will. Because Angela is without legal status, due to the fact that the Prince was not married in a civil ceremony, her aunt inherits everything. When Giovanni is ordered to fight in Egypt, Angela, now living with a former nurse in a cottage, convinces him not to resign, she vows to wait for him. After she hears that Giovanni died in battle, heartbroken Angela joins the Convent of the White Sisters. Five years later, Giovanni, who actually had been captured and enslaved by savages, returns and tries to get Angela to renounce her vows, but she refuses. After Giovanni is badly wounded when a storage of ammunition explodes, he refuses to allow a doctor to amputate his arm to save his life. A sympathetic Monseigneur ( Thomas Commerford ), seeing the frustrated love, obtains a special dispensation from the pope for Angela to leave the sisterhood. Giovanni then agrees to the operation, and the lovers are reunited.

This 1915 drama was based on a 1909 play starring Viola Allen who also made her movie debut in this film version by the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. Tragically it remains a lost silent film.

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Don't Doubt Your Husband (1924) -- Lost Silent Comedy, 20 June 2015

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This comedy produced by Metro Pictures Corporation, starred popular silent actress Viola Dana and actor Allan Forrest. It now sadly remains a lost film and all I can provide the reader is this brief synopsis.

Only wed six months and young bride Helen Blake ( Viola Dana ), is unduly jealous of husband Richard ( Allan Forrest ). She is especially suspicious of pretty Alma Lane ( Winifred Bryson ), hired to decorate the Blake home. Various incidents arise to fan the flame of Helen's jealousy. She threatens to divorce Richard after finding him in a seemingly compromising position with Alma is the final straw. But when Alma's fiancé arrives, and explains everything satisfactorily, Helen and Richard are happily reconciled.

The Weakness of Strength (1916) -- Lost Film ?, 20 June 2015

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His heartless disregard for others costs shipping magnate Daniel Gaynor ( Edmund Breese ) his sweetheart, Mary Alden ( Ormi Hawley ). Then, continuing his thoughtlessness, he refuses to give a raise to Richard Grant ( Clifford B. Gray ), who needs the money to care for his sick grandmother. Richard becomes desperate and steals company funds and tells his wife Bessie ( Evelyn Brent ), who is Mary's daughter, that he did indeed get the raise. When evidence mounts against Richard, Daniel decides to confront him. At Richard's house, he meets Bessie, who thanks him profusely for the raise and then says that, because of his kindness, she and Richard have decided to name their child after him. Daniel suddenly realizes that he had lost the capacity to show compassion for other people, so he calls off the investigation of Richard and then goes back to Mary, determined to start over.

This 1916 drama was produced by the short lived Popular Plays and Players Inc. Sadly it remains a lost silent film.


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