Millionaire's Double (1917)

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After his wife has run off with another man, New Yorker Bide Bennington (Lionel Barrymore) decides to stay in Europe. After hearing of his wife's death years later, he returns home but finds it lonely there and heads West. While he is gone his house is robbed, and the leader of the crooks, Richard Glendon (Harry S. Northrup), leaves Bennington's coat and identification on an East River pier. The newspapers pick up on this and announce Bennington's "suicide." Since he is now officially deceased, Bennington decides to start life all over again -- but first he must foil a scheme by a gang of con artists, who have forced pretty Constance Brent (Evelyn Brent) to pose as Bennington's widow so that they can lay claim to his estate. After routing the crooks, Bennington falls in love with the phony widow -- who turns out to be a "nice kid" withal -- and with his marriage to the girl he returns triumphantly to the Land of the Living.