Lie (1914)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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Henry Arthur Jones' popular stage drama The Lie was brought to the screen as a vehicle for Elsie Ferguson. The star plays Elinor Shale, the eldest daughter of nobleman Sir Robert Shale (John L. Shine). When Elinor's sister Lucy (Betty Howe) marries in secret, she confides only in Elinor. And when Lucy's husband dies, leaving the girl pregnant and alone, Elinor arranges to transport Lucy to an undisclosed location so that the girl can bear her child without causing a scandal. Refusing to explain her actions, Elinor cannot help but arouse the suspicions of her sweetheart Gerald Forster (David Powell). Even worse, when the child is finally born, the selfish Lucy tells the world that Elinor is the mother, the better to claim Gerald for herself. Unable to bring herself to expose Lucy's perfidy, Elinor can only suffer in silence as Gerald breaks off their engagement. Fortunately, Elinor's misery is dissipated when she falls in love with Noil Dibdin (Percy Marmont), who is not only willing to ignore the heroine's "disgrace," but who loves Elinor all the more when the truth finally comes out.

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dishonesty, engagement, love-triangle, pregnancy, secret-marriage, sister