Snares of Paris (1919)

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Marguerite Coullard (Madlaine Traverse) is happily married to Emile (Charles Arling), a prominent French diplomat. Late one night, Marguerite is called away to the bedside of De Brionne (Joseph Swickward), an old friend. He bears a deep, dark secret of Marguerite's -- years ago, because of a youthful indiscretion, she bore a son out of wedlock, and ever since De Brionne has been taking care of the boy. Now the old man is dying, and Marguerite must take charge of her son, Fernand (Jack Rollens)...who happens to be in the Apache cafe around the corner. She goes to him, convinces him to stop drinking absinthe and to straighten himself out and gets him a job as secretary to her husband. Emile, meanwhile, has troubles of his own -- Belloc (Frank Leigh), a crooked stockbroker, is trying to get his hands on a manuscript that the diplomat has in his possession. Marguerite recognizes him as her betrayer, and Belloc tries to get Fernand drunk so he can steal the papers. The two men end up in a fight, and Belloc falls out a window to his death. Marguerite is comforting Fernand when her husband walks in on the two of them. She fesses up to the boy's true relationship with her, and Emile -- the true diplomat that he is -- forgives her and accepts her son.