East Lynne (1925)

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This most famous of Victorian melodramas was more than half a century old, and had already been filmed several times when it came to the screen once again in 1925. Director Emmett J. Flynn had an all-star cast and kept close to the original story. East Lynne, Lord Mount-Severn's debt-ridden estate, is purchased by Archibald Carlyle (Edmund Lowe) upon Severn's death. Carlyle also marries Mount-Severn's daughter, Lady Isabel (Alma Rubens). The couple has two children and are seemingly happy until one of the villagers, Hallijohn (Paul Panzer), is murdered. Richard Hare (Leslie Fenton), the brother of Carlyle's former sweetheart Barbara (Marjorie Daw), is accused of the murder. Barbara asks Carlyle for help, and Sir Francis Levison (Lou Tellegen) convinces Lady Isabel that her husband is having an affair. As a result, she leaves East Lynne, Carlyle, and her two children, and runs off with Levison. Eventually, he casts her off and she is involved in a train wreck. Although she was only injured, she is reported to have died, and Carlyle marries Barbara. Levison is convicted of Hallijohn's murder. When Lady Isabel hears that her eldest child is sick, she poses as a nurse to take care of him. She falls ill herself and dies in Carlyle's arms.