Piper's Price (1917)

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In the Dark Ages of the silent era, when female movie characters were expecting, their pregnancies never, ever showed -- the baby just miraculously appeared one day. While this seems ludicrous now, somehow audiences of the day were able to suspend disbelief, which is why they didn't laugh at this domestic drama. Ralph Hadley (William Stowell) has divorced Jessica (Maud George) and married Amy (Dorothy Phillips), but he still has financial ties to his first wife through their joint ownership of some stocks. While discussing these certificates, Hadley and Jessica renew their love. The gossip gets back to Amy, who is pregnant. Instead of telling her husband, she goes to Jessica with the news. Jessica is conscience-ridden and decides to marry her old flame, Billy Kilmartin (Lon Chaney, before fame and makeup). When Hadley learns of their wedding, he is beside himself with grief. He goes home to commit suicide only to be told he has become a father. He then resolves to be a real husband to Amy.