The Splendid Sin (1919)

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Once again, Madlaine Traverse plays a long-suffering woman in this drama. Lady Marion Chatham (Traverse) and her husband, Sir Charles (Charles Clary), are happily married except for one thing -- they are childless. This is good news, however, for the dowager Lady St. Aubrey (Elinor Hancock), because if the couple doesn't produce an heir, their estate will go to her son, George Granville (George Hackathorn). Sir Charles' sister, Gertrude (Jeanne Calhoun), is engaged to an American, Stephen Hartley (Wheeler Oakman), and one stormy night they are forced to seek shelter in a deserted tower. Shortly afterwards, Hartley is called away to Russia on a diplomatic mission, and he is not given enough time to marry Gertrude, who discovers she is pregnant. Sir Charles goes on an expedition not long after Hartley leaves, and when Lady Marion discovers Gertrude's condition, she takes her away to have the child. Gertrude dies before Hartley is able to return, so Lady Marion claims the child as her own to save Gertrude's name. Sir Charles is overjoyed to return and discover he is a father, but Lady St. Aubrey starts spreading the word around that the child does not belong to him. Eventually the whole truth comes out and Sir Charles adopts the infant, who becomes heir to the Chatham estate.

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adoption, illegitimacy, jealousy, sister