The Two Edged Sword (1916)

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This 1916 Vitagraph 5-reeler would seem to be the spiritual ancestor to the 1992 melodrama The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. A seemingly guileless country girl is hired as the secretary of a famous author. What the author doesn't know is that the girl is planning to wreak vengeance upon the author's unfaithful wife, who years earlier caused the suicide of the girl's brother. Manners and mores being what they were in 1916, the two-timing wife was the villain of the piece. With this in mind, the wife's ultimate punishment -- wrought not by the girl but by an automobile accident -- could be interpreted as Divine Retribution.

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confession [criminal], family-member, revenge, suicide