Darkness Before Dawn (1915)

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Even though Dr. George Elliott (Joseph Kaufman, who also directed) loves widow Rose Lewis (Octavia Handworth), he won't marry her because she (horrors!) smokes cigarettes and likes a cocktail now and again. When he meets Elsie Moore (Ethel Clayton), he sees in her the innocence he found lacking in Rose and marries her. But Elsie, through no fault of her own, has a secret -- her former trustee, Carson (Earl Metcalfe), who ruined her financially, also tried unsuccessfully to make off with her honor. He still has proof of that encounter, and uses it to attempt blackmail. Elliott spies on their meeting and rushes in. He thrashes Carson and, believing Elsie to be guilty, sends her away. He refuses to answer her letters and returns to his romance with Rose. But just as he has decided to get a divorce, Rose receives word that Elsie is about to be a mother. She sends Elliott back to his wife and newborn child. The fight scene between Elliott and Carson in this three-reeler! was reportedly so realistic that Metcalfe actually knocked out two of Kaufman's teeth!