Borderland (1922)

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Although Agnes Ayres is best-known today as Rudolph Valentino's co-star in The Sheik, she was a substantial star in her own right in the 1920s. She has a dual role in this drama, which has spiritual undertones. Edith (Ayres) is the jazz-loving wife of James Wayne, a rather stolid young man (Milton Sills). She believes that Wayne is neglecting her, and her attentions turn to his cousin, Clyde Meredith (Casson Ferguson). As their affair deepens, Dora Becket (also Ayres) anxiously watches from beyond the grave. Dora, an ancestor of Edith's, made the same mistake in her day and she is determined to put a halt to the illicit relationship. Edith plans to meet Meredith at Becket's point and sail away with him. She is oblivious to Dora's warnings until an old servant tells her Dora's story -- Dora was drowned when she tried to return to her child after running away with another man. Edith gets the message just in time and is reunited with Wayne and their own little boy.

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extramarital-affair, ghost, invalid, lover, rescue, servant, son