Evidence (1918)

Genres - Crime, Romance  |  
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Lawyer John Corbin (J. Barney Sherry) believes that any man can murder his wife and avoid the hangman by pleading insanity. Corbin's best friend, Dr. Richard Hyde (Howard Davis), is afforded the opportunity to test out this theory when he stabs his apparently faithless wife to death. The legal and moral ramifications of this powerful opening are incredibly forgotten halfway through the film, when the plot's emphasis shifts to the romantic relationship between Corbin's son John Jr. (Eugene Corey) and Hyde's daughter Wyliss (Pauline Starke). Originally titled The Argument, Evidence suffered not only from a fragmentary plotline, but also from an overabundance of dialogue subtitles. There was also an inordinate amount of time spent on the misadventures of two bellboys who were unwittingly responsible for Mrs. Corbin's death.

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doctor/nurse, extramarital-affair, killing, lawyer, murder