The Right to Lie (1919)

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When J. Winthrop Drake (Warren Cook) brings his daughter Carlotta (Dolores Cassinelli) home from Italy, he tells his wife (Grace Reals) he is the girl's guardian because he wants his prior marriage kept a secret. Carlotta marries Curtis Austin (Frank Mills), but a suitor she rejected is bent on ruining her marriage and her reputation. He believes he has proof that she was having an affair with Drake, unaware that he is her father. When Carlotta tries to reason with the blackmailer, Austin believes she is having an affair with him and murders him. Austin is put on trial and to save him, Carlotta lies by saying that she actually did have an affair so that the homicide will be ruled justifiable. She gets him off, and when he finds out the truth -- that she is innocent of any wrongdoing -- they are reunited.

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daughter, dysfunctional, love, marriage, reunion, separation, stepmother