The Veiled Woman (1922)

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This drama was adapted from the novel A Spinner in the Sun by Myrtle Reed. While it apparently has little to do with the plot, the film showed a strong anti-vivisectionist bent. Evelina Grey (Marguerite Snow) is the prettiest girl of the small community where she lives. Her sweetheart is Dr. Dexter (Landers Stevens), and they share a passion for scientific research. While they are both working in the laboratory one day, there is an explosion which renders Evelina unconscious. Concerned that her beauty has been marred, Dexter disappears. When Evelina recovers and finds her sweetheart gone, she too vanishes. Twenty-five years later, she returns home, her face hidden under a heavy veil. She runs into Dexter and discovers that he has married and has a son, now grown and practicing medicine (Ralph McCullough). Dexter is guilty over his past actions, and, knowing that his old sweetheart is lonely, goes to her and proposes. She turns him down and lifts her veil, revealing a face that is untouched by either harm or age. Dexter, full of remorse, goes home and kills himself. His son finds happiness with a friend of Evelina's.