White Lies (1920)

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This Fox drama was based on an old novel by Charles Reade, and brought up to date to take place during the Great War (better known today as World War I). The Baroness de Beaurepaire (Josephine Crowell) prizes her estate above all else, even though she and her daughters, Josephine (Gladys Brockwell) and Rose (Violet Schram), are facing poverty. The girls tell their mother little white lies so that she doesn't realize that the estate has been sold to Colonel Jean Raynal (Charles K. French). Josephine has a sweetheart, Lieutenant Camille du Jordin (William Scott), and when a report reveals him to be a traitor to his country, she is heartbroken. Raynal has fallen in love with her and he proposes. Josephine accepts, although she still misses Camille. Right after they are wed, Raynal heads for the front. He is reported as a casualty of the war, and Camille returns with a medal for bravery. Josephine happily marries him and they have a child. Raynal returns, not dead after all. When he demands to know where Josephine's child came from, Rose takes responsibility for it, which causes a temporary rift between her and her own sweetheart, Edouard Riviere (Evans Kirk). Eventually the truth comes out, and Raynal decides to have his marriage to Josephine annulled so she can be with Camille.