The Tie That Binds (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |  
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Mary Ellen Grey (Barbara Bedford) is the secretary to toy-manufacturer Daniel Kenyon (William P. Carleton). After Mary Ellen turns down a marriage proposal from Daniel and instead marries fellow-worker David Winthrop (Walter Miller), David is fired and Mary Ellen leaves her position three weeks later. David unsuccessfully looks for another job and spends most of his time trying to develop a toy tiger that will pounce. The couple has a child, but after several years Mary Ellen grows restless and leaves home to return to work at the company. Unfortunately, Daniel still lusts after Mary Ellen, and one night when she returns to the office by herself -- though David has secretly followed her -- Daniel makes a brutish advance on her. In self-defense, Mary Ellen pulls a gun from her handbag and fires at Daniel. At the same time, another shot is fired by David, and when the smoke clears, neither Mary Ellen nor David know which of them has fired the fatal shot. Both believe they are guilty of murder until -- the night watchman admits to shooting the boss for dishonoring his daughter. The couple is reunited and tries to reconcile their differences in this routine, tear-jerking drama. Effie Shannon, Mariam Swayne, and Julia Swayne Gordon appear along with Robert Edeson and Raymond Hatton.

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accusation, confession [criminal], confession-false, false-accusation, harassment, killing, murder, sexual-harassment