Fool's Awakening (1924)

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When John Briggs (Harrison Ford) returns from the Great War (later known as World War I), he tries his hand at writing, but his stories don't sell. Then his mother falls ill so he becomes desperate and uses material from a diary he found on a dead Russian soldier. He claims to be the man, Alexis Triona, and the book becomes a huge success. Under the identity of Triona, Briggs meets and marries Olivia Gale (Enid Bennett). Ultimately he comes to realize that he can't keep the truth from his wife forever, so he writes her a confession and leaves. He is beaten by thugs and hospitalized, and during his recovery he tries to reconcile with his wife. Olivia snubs him, so he drives his car off a cliff. She rushes to his side and forgives him. He writes a novel under his own name which becomes just as successful as his first book.

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agent [representative], diary, espionage, humiliation, impersonation, soldier, writing