Silent Years (1921)

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Jo Morey (Rose Dione) has a hard life -- her brutal father drinks himself to death, and she toils endlessly to pay the debts with which she is saddled. Although she's not a beauty, she's nevertheless loved by fellow Canadian Henry Langley (George McDaniel). But when he proposes, she asks him to wait until she can nurse her sick sister back to health. He doesn't -- he marries someone else, and then Jo's sister dies. Years later, Langley, who has become seriously ill, leaves his baby on Jo's doorstep because he doesn't think the woman he married is a fit mother. So Jo raises little Donelle (Jean O'Rourke), and does her best to ignore the gossips who whisper that the child is actually hers. Finally Jo is able to bribe Donelle's mother into staying away and is able to establish the girl's legitimacy. Donelle grows up (to be played by Pauline Stark) and marries. Jo lives with her foster daughter and her new husband, truly happy at last. This drama was based on the novel! , Mam'selle Jo, by Harriet T. Comstock.