Mother's Secret (1918)

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While Angela (Ella Hall) grows up in the South with her grandmother, her mother (Mary Mirsch) is off marrying Captain Eldone (T.C. Crittenden). The Captain has some plans for a new siege gun, and when he is reported killed and his wife returns to the U.S., she is closely watched by both the British and the Germans (this picture takes place in "the present" and in 1918, that meant World War I was being fought). Angela shows up on Lady Eldone's doorstep, just when she is becoming acquainted with Howard Grey (Emory Johnson). Grey is trying to help Great Britain get the plans, but Lady Eldone sees him in a more romantic light. Since an eighteen-year-old daughter risks killing her chances with him, she dresses Angela in short skirts like a thirteen-year-old, much to the girl's disgust. The maid, Rose Marie (Grace McLean), turns out to be a German spy and she and her compatriots are captured at about the same time Angela has gotten fed up with her ruse. Captain Eldone shows up very much alive, which conveniently squelches his wife's interest in Grey. However, now that Grey knows Angela is really a young woman, he takes an interest in her.