What Shall I Do? (1924)

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Jeanie Andrews (Dorothy Mackaill) wonders what to do when her husband loses his memory and she is left to fend for herself and her baby. Luckily, the talent and charm of Mackaill and her co-star John Harron (brother of D.W. Griffith as well as star Robert Harron) keep this feature from becoming too trite. Manufacturer Henry McLean (William V. Mong) sends his stepson, Donald (Harron), to go work in his factory. Donald gets a job under the name of Jack Nelson and goes to live in a cheap rooming house. He falls in love with Jeanie, a pretty cashier, and they marry. McLean doesn't reveal his real identity to Jeanie immediately because he is waiting for the right moment. That time never comes because soon after the birth of their baby, McLean is hit by a car, causing him to lose all memory of his life as Jack Nelson. He returns to his mother (Louise Dresser) and stepfather instead. Jeanie finally tracks him down, but he denies he has ever seen her before. It takes the efforts of Jim Brown (Tom O'Brien), a former suitor of Jeanie's, to bring McLean's memory back so that he can reunite with his wife.

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accident, amnesia, baby, marriage, secret-marriage, truck