Tongues of Scandal (1927)

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Mae Busch's career was at its nadir when she starred in this low-budget political drama. Helen Hanby (Busch) weds governor John Rhodes (William Desmond) while he is in the midst of running for reelection. In his suitcase, Helen finds a portrait of her sister, who killed herself after being betrayed by a man in Europe. Helen immediately assumes that Rhodes is the guilty party and turns against him. She gives money to Rhodes' opponent and tries to wreck her husband's social standing. Finally, Rhodes' brother, Jimmy (Ray Hallor), finds out why Helen has turned into such a harpy and confesses that he was the one who had wronged her sister. Helen is devastated when she finds out that she has practically ruined the career of an innocent man whom she loves. Rhodes, however, understands her rash behavior and reveals that he still loves her and is willing to forgive.