About the film
The Splendid Sin
Release Date: September 14, 1919
|Slogan||:||«A tale of two women, the strong and the weak, and of exalted self-sacrifice in high life.»|
|Production Companies||:||Fox Film Corporation|
|Director||:||Howard M. Mitchell|
|Writers||:||Denison Clift, Emil Forst|
Although they have a happy marriage, Sir Charles Chatham, an explorer, and his American wife, Lady Marion, have been unable to have children. After Charles goes to Egypt, his sister Gertrude and her sweetheart Stephen Hartley, an American consulate attaché, take refuge from a storm in a deserted tower. Frightened, Gertrude yields to Stephen's advances. Although he intends to marry Gertrude, Stephen suddenly is called to deliver supplies to starving women and children in Russia. Marion takes the pregnant Gertrude away to have her child, and notifies Stephen, who, because he is shot during Bolshevik rioting, returns too late to marry Gertrude, who dies after childbirth. To honor Gertrude's dying request, and to provide Charles with a much desired child, Marion telegraphs Charles that the baby is theirs.