Havoc (1925)

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This drama was based on the play by Henry Wallace. Two Englishmen, Dick Chappell (George O'Brien) and Roddy Dunton (Walter McGrail), are both in love with the fickle Violet Deering (Margaret Livingston). When World War I breaks out, the men both enlist. Chappell, whose proposal has been accepted by Violet, goes to the front, hoping to distinguish himself. Violet decides she loves Dunton instead, and insists that he must tell Chappell that the engagement is off. Instead of confessing the truth to his friend, however, Dunton leaves him in a front-line trench when the Germans attack. Although Chappell survives, he is blinded. The guilt over what he has done eats away at Dunton and he kills himself. Back home in London, Dunton's sister Tessie (Madge Bellamy) nurses Chappell, and his sight eventually returns. So does his common sense, and he wisely dumps Violet in favor of Tessie.