Unfoldment (1922)

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Florence Lawrence -- the original "Biograph Girl" -- attempted a comeback with this human interest drama. Katherine Nevin (Lawrence) finds a job as a newspaper reporter and observes the dramas and personalities of those around her. Her brother Jack (Raymond Cannon) is in love with Martha Osborne (Barbara Bedford), whose father (Charles K. French) does not approve of him. When Osborne catches them together, he tries to beat Jack, and Martha falls down a flight of stairs, becoming a cripple as a result. Katherine writes a photoplay which reveals all those around her in their real light. The moral of her story is "as you think, so you are." Martha takes this idea to heart and learns to walk again. Clearly, this wasn't the most scintillating of pictures, and Miss Lawrence never did make a successful return to motion pictures. After several failed marriages and being reduced to bit parts, she committed suicide in 1938.