The Colonel's Wife (1914)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Although she appears rather zaftig to the modern eye, Henny Porten was one of Germany's earliest screen beauties. This drama was shot in Berlin -- World War I had not yet slowed down German filmmakers. Margaret Booth (Porten) is a nurse who is taking care of an elderly invalid. Her nephew, Harry Travers, falls in love with Margaret and before he leaves for a post in the Orient, he promises marriage. Travers, however, is fickle and forgets about her. Finally he sends her a bogus letter claiming that he has been killed in an accident. His aunt has died, leaving Margaret homeless, and she believes the letter. Her next patient is a Colonel who falls in love with her. They marry, and Margaret's two stepchildren, a little girl and a grown boy, both come to love her too. The son is in the Navy, and while he's traveling through the Orient, he meets and befriends Travers. Travers comes to the Colonel's to visit and discovers Margaret. He drops her a note, asking her to come and visit him at his hotel. Margaret confesses everything to her stepson, who goes to Travers and challenges him to a duel. Travers gets the worst of it, and the son keeps peace between his father and stepmother.