Life or Honor? (1918)

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It was James Morrison's turn to play a dual role (a favorite "gimmick" of pre-1920 film actors) in Vitagraph's Life or Honor. The son of a South Seas trader, Jimmy Manley (Morrison) can't get over the remarkable resemblance between himself and his Filipino valet Aguinaldo (also Morrison). Only Manley Sr. knows the truth: Aguinaldo is Jimmy's half-brother, the result of a long-ago liaison with a native woman. When Aguinaldo stabs Manley Sr. to death, Jimmy is arrested for the crime. Sidney Holmes (Edward Mackay, an eyewitness to the murder, could clear Jimmy in a minute if he wanted to. But if he speaks up, Holmes will impugn the reputation of his sweetheart's sister (Leah Baird, who was innocently sharing Holmes' bedchambers at the time of the murder. Thus, only Aguinaldo's confession will save Jimmy from the gallows -- and only by preying on Aguinaldo's superstitious nature will Holmes be able to extract that confession.