Honor First (1922)

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Three years before they made Hollywood history as the stars of King Vidor's World War I epic The Big Parade, John Gilbert and Renée Adorée appeared together in this melodrama -- ironically, yet another depiction of the Great War. Gilbert played twin brothers, Jacques and Honoré, both fighting in France. But Honoré, a lieutenant, panics and flees from the front and Jacques, wearing his brother's uniform, is decorated for valor in his stead. After the Armistice, Jacques goes to Paris where he confronts his cowardly brother. Honoré hatches a plan to murder his twin, but the scheme backfires and he is himself killed. Jacques, meanwhile, finds happiness with his brother's mistreated wife Moira (Adorée). Not surprisingly, Fox re-released this minor effort after the worldwide success of The Big Parade (1925).