A Maid of Belgium (1917)

Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The "Maid of Belgium" is sad-eyed Adoree, played by Alice Brady. When her town is destroyed by the invading Germans during WWI, the shock causes Adoree to completely lose her memory. The girl is rescued from the rubble by Mr. and Mrs. Hudson (George MacQuarrie and Louise de Rigney), a wealthy American couple. Despite her newfound happiness, Adoree does not snap out of her near-catatonic amnesia and sits silently in her room pathetically clutching an old doll. It soon turns out that the heroine is expecting a baby. Upon the child's birth, it is promptly appropriated by the barren Mrs. Hudson, who claims that the baby is hers. Not wishing to be deprived of the only thing she genuinely loves, Adoree steals the baby and hides away on a remote island. Believing the child has been drowned, the grieving Hudsons arrange to dynamite the river in hopes of recovering the body. The sound of the explosion shocks Adoree back to her senses, and at long, long last she remembers that, just before the Germans marched in, she had been married to a prominent Belgian nobleman -- thereby "legitimizing" her baby and paving the way for a happy ending.