Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Produced by Cecil B. DeMille -- but directed by Rupert Julian -- Silence affords new DeMille contractee Vera Reynolds the opportunity to play a dual role. Told in flashback, the story endeavors to explain why Jim Warren (H.B. Warner) is about to be hanged for a murder he didn't commit. A petty crook, Jim is in love with Norma Drake (Vera Reynolds), but circumstances force him to marry Mollie Burke (Virginia Pearson). Rendered pregnant by Jim, Norma marries her old beau Phil Powers (Rockliffe Fellows) so that her baby will be born legitimate. Years pass: Jim becomes a derelict, while his daughter -- also named Norma and also played by Vera Reynolds -- grows up in wealth and comfort. As luck and the screenwriters will have it, one of Jim's former criminal cohorts shows up at the Powers home and begins casting aspersions on the virtue of Norma's late mother. The mortified girl shoots and kills the bounder, whereupon Jim -- who was conveniently in the neighborhood at the time of the shooting -- gallantly takes the blame, going to his own death in stoic silence.
confession-false, false-accusation, illegitimacy, love, marriage-of-convenience, murder, pregnancy, reputation, self-sacrifice