Man Who Wouldn't Tell (1918)

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World War I is raging when Englishman Hawtry Burke (Earle Williams) comes to America. Because of his horsemanship and classy demeanor he becomes a hit in society. He is popular with everyone except Elinor Warden (Grace Darmond). She has just returned from Belgium and seen the horrors there, so she can't countenance someone who appears to her to be a slacker. Burke does have a reason for his presence in the States but he does not reveal it, even when Elinor calls him a coward. Meanwhile her brother, Dudley (Charles Spear) comes home on furlough and hooks up with Eric Werner (Edward Cecil), supposedly a German expatriate. There is a murder and Dudley is accused of the crime. At the trial, Werner testifies against him, and Dudley leaps from his chair in anger. Just then the lights conveniently go out and when they come on again, the young man is dead and a pistol lies beside Burke. A fingerprint test, however, proves his innocence. Shortly thereafter he disappears. The U.S. gets into the war, and it is discovered the Burke is part of the British Commission. He captures Werner as a German spy, and as the perpetrator of the crime for which Dudley Warden was tried. Elinor now knows she misjudged Burke, which is just as well because in spite of it all, she really loved him all along.