Silence (1931)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Murder, blackmail and honor are the principal plot motivations of Silence. Clive Brook stars as Jim Warren, a gentleman thief who is sent to prison on a murder charge. Only after scores of plot twists and setbacks is the truth revealed: Warren is taking the rap for his old friend Phil Powers (Willard Robertson), who'd apparently killed blackmailing Harry Silvers (John Wray) rather than reveal the fact that Powers' foster daughter Norma (Peggy Shannon) is really Warren's illegitimate offspring. In a final surprise, it turns out that Powers was innocent as well! To reveal the true identity of the murderer would be to spoil the ending so cleverly set up by co-director Max Mercin, who penned the play upon which Silence was based.

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killing, blackmail, child, daughter, double-cross, false-accusation, flashback, identity, love, murder, partner, self-sacrifice, wound [injury]