Shattered Lives (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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This independently made melodrama was a decent programmer, even though it suffered from a hackneyed plot. When John Trent (Willis Marks) walks out on his wife, Mumsie (Ethel Wales), he takes their young son with him. The train they are on wrecks, and John and the boy are separated. John goes on to Alaska, where he makes a fortune, while after three years Mumsie adopts the boy. He grows up as Donald Trent (Robert Gordon), and only after he reaches adulthood does he find out he has been adopted. Meanwhile, Spencer Foulkes, a crooked lawyer (Bernard Randall), schemes to have Red Myers (Eddie Phillips) pose as the "real" son. Foulkes also kidnaps John in hopes that Red will get his fortune. With the help of his friend, Chick Connors (Newton House), Donald uncovers the plot and finds out his true identity. He is reunited with his parents and marries his sweetheart, Sally Barker (Edith Roberts).

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abandonment, con/scam, extortion, father, forgery, son, wife