Weaver of Dreams (1918)

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Though he would be dead of influenza by the end of 1918, director John H. Collins was at the height of his creative powers at the beginning of the year, as proven by this cinemadaptation of Myrtle Reed's novel Weaver of Dreams. Collins' actress wife Viola Dana was starred as Judith, the niece of a wealthy invalid. Deeply in love, Judith makes the mistake of introducing her sweetheart to the niece of another invalid. When she loses her boyfriend to the other girl, Judith petulantly refuses to fight for her rights, declaring "What is not mine I do not want." She locks herself up in her house and begins dreaming of a "perfect" lover, just like the man who once paid court to her aunt. It turns out that this "dream" suitor is the uncle of Judith's romantic rival, who by film's end is reunited with Judith's aunt -- while the heroine, in a surprising turn of events, is left alone with her dreams and her old love letters (Though a hastily tacked-on closing title suggests that she will eventually find a suitable mate).