Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The trials and tribulations of heroine Diane (Blanche Sweet) begin when she's seduced by a far-from-noble nobleman, the Duke of Cluny (Edward Mackaye). Feeling herself "tainted," Diane decides to shun all men. But a handsome American naval officer, Lt. Dodd (Carlyle Blackwell), cares not a whit about Diane's "shameful" past. In fact, he sees to it that the Duke will never again deflower an unwitting female by shooting the man in a duel. Understandably impressed, Diane agrees to marry the dashing Dodd. Adapted by William C. DeMille from a play by Channing Pollock, The Secret Garden was directed by Frank Reicher, better known today for such film character roles as Captain Engelhorn in King Kong.
aristocracy, duel, love, marriage, romance, seduction