Man Who Stood Still (1916)

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Just about every comedian wants to play tragedy, and after the team of Joe Weber and Lew Fields failed to translate their brand of humor from stage to screen, Fields got his chance to be serious here. He rises to the occasion as Herman Krauss, the old-fashioned owner of a jewelry store. Krauss wants his daughter Marie (Doris Kenyon) to marry Fred (Harry Fraser), the daughter of his old pal Otto Spiegel (George S. Trimble). But Marie has a mind of her own and she runs off with Frank MacPherson (Edward O'Connor). She believes they are married, but only after MacPherson deserts her does she discover that they only went through a mock ceremony. She and her baby go live with the Spiegals, but when they discover that the child is illegitimate, Otto turns her out of the house. Marie finally reconciles with her father, and when Fred comes to her, offering his undying love, she accepts. This picture was based on a stage play by Louis Mann.