Locked Heart (1918)

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When silent child star Baby Marie Osborne went to another studio, she was replaced by Gloria Joy, who wasn't as successful although the producers did everything they could to duplicate Baby Marie's success, even giving her the same type of kiddie co-star Baby Marie had -- a little African-American boy -- for comic relief. The story starts here with Harry Mason (the film's director, Henry King), grief stricken over the death of his wife (Vola Vale), who has left him with a baby girl. Mason doesn't even want to look at the child, so he hands her over to his father, Colonel Mason (Daniel Gilfeather), and leaves the country. Five years later, however, he returns and grows to love the little girl (Gloria Joy). After the death of his wife, Harry locked up her bedroom, but he opens it now to find a note she left shortly before the little girl was born. It asks that if anything happens to her, that her infant be loved and cherished. With wimpy endings like this one, perhaps there's a reason that Gloria Joy's films didn't do the same kind of business as Baby Marie's.