Unforseen (1917)

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Olive Tell essayed her first starring role in this adaptation of Captain Robert Marshall's play The Unforeseen. Denied permission to marry the man she loves, heroine Tell elopes to New York, where she and her husband-to-be chastely set up housekeeping in a tiny apartment. To sidestep a possible scandal, the couple pass themselves off as husband and wife until he is in a comfortable enough financial position to make the union legal. Unfortunately, he loses all of his money in a bad business deal and tells the girl that she'd best head back home -- and once she's left the apartment, he kills himself. Meanwhile, the late husband's best friend, a novelist, is suddenly struck blind. Having fallen in love with the novelist, Tell marries him but does not inform him of her true identity, nor of her "indecent" relationship with his deceased friend. She knows, however, that once he undergoes a sight-restoring operation, her new husband will immediately recognize her -- and, most likely, throw her out of the house. But a hitherto undelivered letter from the suicide victim manages to ensure the happiness of the heroine and her now-sighted husband.