Silent Battle (1916)

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In the days before Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism was considered a sign of weakness, something to be "conquered." That view, common in 1916, was the basis of this film, adapted from a book by George Gibbs. Tom Gallatin (J. Warren Kerrigan), a young lawyer, has inherited the family penchant for liquor, and his doctor sends him to the woods to try to overcome it. There he meets Jane Loring (Lois Wilson), who is lost in the forest. They camp out together for a few days, but when Jane offers him a little something from her flask, it sends him over the edge, and he tries to rape her. A search party saves her before any damage is done. Back home, Gallatin finally "conquers" his addiction, and when he meets up with Jane once again, she forgives him. But two people are not happy with this pairing: Nina Jaffray (Maud George), who wants Gallatin, and Coleman Van Duyn (Harry Carter), Jane's former suitor. They manage to separate the couple, but Nina's guilty conscience causes her to 'fess up. Gallatin and Jane reunite in the forest where they met.