Sacred Silence (1919)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |  
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Captain Jim Craig (William Russell) is not pleased that his foster brother Lieutenant Ralph Harrison (James Morrison) is carrying on a flirtation with the wife of Major Marston (George MacQuarrie). He goes to the woman's home to argue it out and a fight ensues between him and Harrison. Harrison is shot through the shoulder. Later the Major kills the Lieutenant, and to cover up the scandal, the wife convinces Craig that he is the killer. So Craig deserts, believing that he is preserving the wife's honor. He winds up as a bum in the city and meets Madge Summers (Agnes Ayres), whose mission it is to urge deserters to return to the army. But when she hears Craig's story, she tells him to keep running. Nevertheless Craig decides to allow himself be captured. Meanwhile, the Major has become fed up with his wicked wife and strangles her. Then he goes to the Colonel (Tom Brooke) and confesses to both her murder and that of the Lieutenant, whereupon Captain Craig is set free and he marries Madge.

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confession-false, extramarital-affair, husband, innocence, killing, murder, reputation