Lena Rivers (1914)

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Although this comedy-drama had its origins in the novel by Mary J. Holmes, this version actually came from the stage play which was based on the book. Beulah Poynter was both the playwright and star on stage, and she also has the lead here. Helena Nichols (Poynter) secretly weds Harry Graham (Robert Tabor), who has taken the name of Rivers. When he is jailed for a crime he did not commit, Helena believes she has been deserted and dies of a broken heart. Her mother (Lizzie Conway) takes charge of the child, Lena, who grows up to be a pretty young woman (also played by Poynter). Lena has a jealous cousin, Caroline (Winifred Burke), who causes her no small amount of trouble. When she discovers that Dunwood Belmont (Charles Hutchinson) -- who she wants -- is in love with Lena, Caroline is determined to ruin the relationship. This becomes a simple task when Lena's father, who has made a new life for himself, marries Belmont's mother (Marion Mason). Graham immediately notices the resemblance between Lena and the dead Helena, and realizes she is his daughter. He asks her to keep this a secret, but their behavior convinces Caroline that they are having a romance. Finally Graham reveals the truth and all misunderstandings are cleared up. This story -- or some variation thereof -- was filmed again in 1925 and 1932.