The Girl on the Stairs (1924)

Genres - Crime, Mystery, Romance  |  
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In this taut silent mystery, a young woman mends her recently broken heart by reluctantly accepting a young lawyer's proposal. To save her tarnished reputation (for her ex-lover turned out to be married) she asks her old beau to give back her potentially incriminating love letters. Unfortunately, he plays the cad and refuses. Deeply disturbed, she sleepwalks one night and enters his home to get the letters. She awakens the next day with no memory of her nocturnal excursion and so is mortified to find herself accused of his murder. Much evidence supports the accusation and her new love must use all his wits to save her. Believing her story, he has her hypnotized. He then learns that she witnessed the crime and can finger the real culprit, a South American who killed the philanderer because he had an affair with his wife. In the end, the grateful girl finally realizes that she truly loves the lawyer and marital bliss ensues.

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America, courtroom, extramarital-affair, false-accusation, girl, house, hypnosis, investigation, killing, lawyer, letter, love, love-letter, marriage, memory, murder, name-clearing, rebound [recovery], retrieve, sleepwalking, South-America, trance, trial [courtroom], wife