Silent Watcher (1924)

Sub-Genres - Political Drama  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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After his impressive directorial effort on The Sea Hawk, Frank Lloyd made this far smaller and more intimate film. The idealistic Joe Roberts (Glenn Hunter) adores his wife Mary (Bessie Love) and looks up to his boss, John Steele (Hobart Bosworth), who is a candidate for U.S. senator. Steele doesn't have Roberts' happy marriage; his wife (Gertrude Astor) is gone much of the time, and he has taken up with dancer Lily Elliott (Alma Bennett). As a favor to his boss, Roberts rents an apartment for Lily in his own name and also buys Steele a gun. Lily is killed in an accident after breaking up with Steele. Roberts is arrested but keeps quiet when he is assured that Mary will be told the truth. Steele's nervous campaign manager, Barnes (Lionel Belmore), never contacts Mary and she leaves home because she thinks that her husband has been unfaithful. Roberts is finally freed, and unaware that Mary has left, returns home. When he finds her gone, he collapses. Steele wins the election, and when he finds out that Mary was never told the truth he goes to her himself. After convincing her that Roberts is innocent, he brings the couple together for a reconciliation.

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investigation, lawyer, mistress, murder, politician, reputation, scandal, suicide