Birth of Patriotism (1917)

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This tale of Cockney London used the current World War as a backdrop. Although he doesn't make much money, Johnny Roberts (Leo Pierson) marries Mary, a schoolteacher (Ann Kronan). But it doesn't take long for Johnny's habits to get on Mary's nerves and she starts griping at him. To escape his unhappiness at home, he goes to the local pub, the White Horse, where he meets Anne, a barmaid (Irene Hunt). After he and Mary have a particularly vicious fight, Anne takes him in and he remains there until he is drafted to the front. When Anne discovers that Mary -- and the child Johnny has never met -- are starving, she takes them in. They hear a false account that Johnny has been killed in battle. It turns out that he is alive, but has been blinded by gas. When Johnny returns home, Anne realizes that he should be with his family and reunites the couple.