Public Opinion (1916)

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Because of rumors about her involvement with a married man, nurse Hazel Gray (Blanche Sweet) is tossed out of the boarding house where she lives. Later, she falls in love with Phillip Carson (Tom Forman), and when his mother (Edythe Chapman) becomes ill, he asks Hazel to take care of her. She finds out that the woman's husband is Dr. Henry Morgan (Earle Foxe), the man whom she rejected, and who is the cause of all the talk surrounding her. Morgan is poisoning his wife so he can get her money, and he forces Hazel to keep her mouth shut. Mrs. Morgan dies and Hazel is put on trial for her murder. The circumstantial evidence looks bad -- Morgan testifies against her and even Phillip is no longer on her side. But one juror, Gordon Graham (Elliot Dexter), is convinced that she is innocent and gets the other jury members to acquit her. Hazel is free, but public opinion has ruined her life. With Graham's help, she works hard to clear her name, but it only happens when Morgan is shot by a dope fiend in a blackmail attempt. As Morgan lay dying, he confesses to the crime, and finally Hazel is cleared of all blame.