Parasite (1925)

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When Arthur Randall (Owen Moore) becomes a success, his ex-wife, Laura (Lilyan Tashman), decides she wants him back. She hates Joan Laird (Madge Bellamy), whom she believes is a parasite. When Randall's son, Bertie (Bruce Guerin), becomes ill, he invites Joan and her mother (eternal screen mother Mary Carr) to come stay with him and care for the child. Laura casts suspicions on Joan's motivations, and Randall starts to believe her. With the help of Dr. Brooks (Bryant Washburn), Laura kidnaps the boy, but Joan chases after her. There is an auto wreck, and Laura and the doctor are killed. Joan finds Bertie still alive, but she hurts her foot and can't bring him up the ravine. To keep him from dying she cuts her arm open and gives him her blood. Randall finds them and realizes that she really is sincere. After that, they marry. Although the climax to this rather mediocre drama sounds unbelievable, it does have a real-life precedent -- a California woman named Mrs. Kelty gave her own life to save her nephew under similar circumstances.

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accident, disease, divorce, doctor/nurse, father, kidnapping, rescue, victim