Josselyn's Wife (1919)

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Bessie Barriscale and Nigel Barrie play Ellen and Gibbs Josselyn, a young married couple who have spent several years in Europe while Gibbs, an artist, developed his talent. When they return to the States, they stay with Gibbs' father (Tom Guise) and stepmother (Kathleen Kirkham). Gibbs had never cared much for his stepmother, Lillian, but now he warms up to her -- a lot. Lillian is much younger than her husband and begins spending a suspicious amount of time with her stepson. The family is scandalized by her behavior, and Mr. Josselyn turns out his son and wife -- regretfully so, since he is quite fond of Ellen and enjoys playing "soldier" with his grandson, Tommy (Ben Alexander, who apparently had the market on kid roles cornered during the late teens and early twenties). One day Mr. Josselyn is found shot to death, and, since there was an estrangement between father and son, Gibbs is held responsible. In spite of what happened with the stepmother, Ellen still loves her husband and has faith that he is innocent. She's right -- eventually it comes out that Tommy, who was over at his grandpa's playing "war" had accidentally shot the old man. Gibbs is released from prison and Ellen helps him heal from the psychic wounds he incurred during his incarceration. This film was based on a Kathleen Norris novel of the same name.