Bishop's Emeralds (1919)

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Hester (Virginia Pearson), a widow, has made a happy second marriage with Lord John Cardew, the Bishop of Ripley (Robert Broderick). The Bishop's son, Jack (Frank Kinglsey), has become engaged to Mabel Bannister (Lucy Fox). Hester invites both Mabel and her father to Ripley Manor for a weekend party -- that's where she discovers that her former husband, Richard (Sheldon Lewis), who she knew under a different name, is not dead at all -- in fact he's Mabel's dad! On top of this, Bannister is a crook determined to get his hands on the Bishop's priceless emeralds. He figures on either threatening Hester with exposure to get her to cooperate, or failing that, to just plain use force. As it turns out, Bannister's valet (Walter Newman) is his rival for the jewels, and they end up killing each other, which neatly solves Hester's dilemma. This melodrama was the first film that now-forgotten silent star Virginia Pearson made with her own production company.