Salvage (1921)

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Bernice Ridgeway (Pauline Frederick) gives birth to a baby that is deformed. Her husband, Cyrus Ridgeway (Ralph Lewis), spirits the child away and tells Bernice that it was born dead. When she discovers the truth, she leaves him and goes to live in a tenement. Her neighbor across the hall is Kate Martin (also Frederick), whose husband is in prison for shooting a man who was having an affair with her. Bernice adores Kate's daughter, Ruth (Helen Stone), and when Kate, a drug addict, dies she takes over her identity. Bernice becomes a mother to Ruth, and when Fred Martin (Milton Sills) gets out of prison he knows she is not his wife, but he keeps it to himself. In the same tenement lives a cripple (Raymond Hatton) with a motherless child that needs care. Bernice offers to help and the baby (Hobart Kelly) also becomes a part of the Martin family. Fred wants to marry Bernice, but she tells him it is impossible. One day Bernice receives a message that Ridgeway is dying and he has sent for her. On his deathbed he reveals that the little boy she is caring for is actually her own child -- a doctor was able to operate on him so that he will be able to walk. Ridgeway had arranged for the cripple and the child to move near Bernice. With Ridgeway's death, she and Fred are finally able to wed.

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confession [criminal], family, family-member, family-separation, handicap, love, millionaire, prison, reunion, romance, secrets, suicide, toddlers