Strongest (1920)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Author Georges Clemenceau, who was known as "the tiger of France," adapted his own novel to the screen while recovering from an attempt on his life. Harle (Harrison Hunter) pays far more attention to the factory he owns than to his wife Claire (Florence Malone). She finds a sympathetic soul in Henri, an old school friend (Carlo Liten), and they have an affair. Claire dies shortly after her baby daughter is born. The child is Henri's, but Harle blindly assumes she is his own. When the girl, Claudia (Renee Adoree, who was new to the American screen), grows up he tries to marry her off to a count. Claudia, however, is in love with Maurice, a young American (Hal Horne). Some disgruntled employees from Harle's factory kidnap Claudia and when Henri tries to rescue her, he is killed. Maurice manages to save her and Harle is presented with the truth -- that she is not really his daughter. In addition, the count he had so much regard for is a phony. Harle winds up heartbroken and lonely, while Claudia weds Maurice and accompanies him to America.