Idle Tongues (1924)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |  
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This tale of small-town gossip and self-sacrifice was one of the last productions supervised by Thomas Ince (he died under mysterious circumstances while on a yachting party with newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst in November, 1924). When Faith Copeland (Lucille Ricksen) has a romance with Tom Stone (Malcolm McGregor), the son of her father's rival (David Torrence), Judge Copeland (Claude Gillingwater) manages to point her in the direction of Doctor Ephraim Nye, the town physician (Percy Marmont). Faith and Nye wed, but she steals the church funds. Nye takes the blame and goes to prison for five years. When he is released, Faith has died, and he has become a pariah. Copeland wants to install a municipal water system, but when typhoid fever breaks out, Nye believes that Copeland's water is responsible. The townsfolk rebel against this accusation, with the exception of Katherine Minot (Doris Kenyon), who loves Nye. Faith's guilt in the theft is finally revealed, and Nye's work to save those stricken ill endears him to his fellowmen once again.

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confession-false, doctor/nurse, false-accusation, honor [recognition], judge, marriage, robbery, sweetheart