Sign on the Door (1921)

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While working as a stenographer, Ann Hunniwell (Norma Talmadge) only barely avoids being compromised by her boss's dissolute son, Frank Devereaux (he-vamp Lew Cody). Later on, she marries Lafe Regan (Charles Richman), only discovering after they've wed that he knows Devereaux. Ann's stepdaughter, Helen (Helen Weir), falls for Devereaux and makes plans to visit his apartment. Ann finds out about the date and heads over there first. But Regan shows up on some other business and is forced to shoot Devereaux in self-defense, while Ann hides. She uses circumstantial evidence to put the blame on herself and save her husband. Regan's self-defense plea, however, gets him off and the couple are left in peace. This picture was based on the Channing Pollock stage play, a bit too literally -- actual dialogue from the theatrical production was used for the title cards, making them extremely wordy.

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father, husband, injustice, jealousy, murder, rescue, revenge, secretary, seduction, sexual-harassment, son, stepdaughter, women's-issues