Concealed Truth (1915)

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Producer Ivan Abramson was known for making melodramas with sexual themes, and this picture was no exception. Even though he knows he can't have children, selfish Robert Gilmore (Frank Whitson) marries his father's secretary, Dorothy Eldridge (Gertrude Robinson), ignoring the fact that his brother Victor (James Cooley) is in love with her. Even after his marriage, he continues to see his old flame, Flo Merrivale, and his neglect of Dorothy adds a strain to their relationship. When old man Gilmore dies, he leaves most of his fortune to Robert and nothing to Victor. Robert callously refuses to give Victor any help, and after several years of suffering he becomes a homeless outcast. He gets in touch with Dorothy, and she convinces the brothers to reconcile. But near the end of their meeting Robert drops dead from a bullet wound in his back. All the evidence points to Victor and Dorothy is the only one who is sure he is innocent. Victor is convicted and sentenced to death, but on the day his execution is scheduled (it always has to be on the very day in motion pictures), Flo's guilty conscience gets to her and she admits she shot Robert in a jealous rage. The beleaguered Victor is free and he and Dorothy marry.