Scandal (1915)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Woman film director Lois Weber was once called "the Belasco of the screen." Although she and her then-husband, Phillips Smalley, were credited as co-directors for many of Weber's films in the 1910s, it was widely acknowledged that she was the brains of the couple. Weber and Smalley also star in this tragic drama which rails against gossip mongering. William Wright (Smalley) completely relies on his private secretary, Daisy Dean (Weber), so when she breaks an ankle, he prefers to take his work to her home instead of trusting it to Susan Gordon (Adele Farrington). This annoys Susan, who starts gossip about Daisy and her boss. It gets back to Wright's jealous wife, who sues him for divorce. Daisy's reputation is ruined, but she still manages to marry Robert Gordon, Susan's brother (Rupert Julian). While Gordon is off on a trip, Daisy runs into an old friend, who is accompanied by his fiancée. The lying Susan wires Gordon and claims that Daisy is seeing an old lover. He rushes home and finds out that Daisy has been out all night. Without hearing the explanation -- she had been out for a drive and the car broke down -- he shoots Daisy's innocent friend.

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accusation, death, divorce, gossip, scandal