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The Love Defender

The Love Defender(1919)

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Hope Meredith, a country doctor's daughter, loves Frank Rodney, a doctor on her father's staff, who is engaged to Anita Day who jilts him for a multi-millionaire named Bates. After Dr. Meredith and his wife die in an automobile accident, Frank takes over the practice, marries Hope, and lives with her and her little sister Dolly. Anita, meanwhile, bored with her husband, writes to Frank, who visits her in the city. Their newly kindled romance subdues temporarily when Hope threatens Anita. After Bates' death, hastened when, during a serious illness, Anita encouraged him to smoke, Anita implores Frank to go with her around the world. Frank tells Hope their marriage is a failure and leaves. After sending Frank a suicide note, Hope stops herself from drowning when she decides she has no right to kill her unborn child as well. When Frank sees Anita's temper flare as she hurls a statuette, he returns home and lives happily with Hope.