Prima Donna's Husband (1916)

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The film opens with Henry Vale (Holbrook Blinn), former musical director, behind bars. He is serving a 16-year jail sentence for the murder of the director of the Cosmopolitan Opera company. He killed the man in self-defense during a struggle that ensued after Vale found his ambitious wife, singer Emily North (Kathryn Browne-Decker), in the director's arms. While he is incarcerated, Emily dumps their daughter on an aunt and heads for Europe to become a world-renowned prima donna. The little girl, Constance (played as an adult by Clara Whipple), grows up, marries, and has a daughter herself. Her husband dies not long before her father is paroled. Vale feels that there is no place for him in the world and refuses to foist himself on Constance. He sneaks over to her home in the middle of the night, however, for one last glimpse of her. The result is that he is thought to be a burglar and is shipped back to prison. Constance discovers what has happened, and with the help of the governor, she gets her father out of jail. They are happily reunited. Meanwhile, Emily has returned from Europe, only to be scorned by her resentful daughter. But Vale insists that she be forgiven, reminding Constance, "After all, she is your mother."