The Return of Carol Deane (1938)

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In 1912 London, Carol Deane, famous for her portrait painted by Mark Poynton, falls in love and marries Lord Robert Brenning, much against the wishes of Poynton himself, who is infatuated with her. With the First World War, Brenning goes off to the Western Front, while Carol becomes a nurse. While working at a hospital she meets Poynton who has been admitted as a patient. Poynton admits to Carol how he is still madly in love with her. After being released from the hospital and returning to his flat, Poynton telephones Carol saying that she must come to see him or he will call on her and cause a scandal. When Carol duly visits Poynton, he pulls a gun on her and demands that she return to live with him. In a struggle the gun is fired and Poynton is killed. When Carol is put on trial for murder, her husband is due to return as a witness, but she receives a telegram while in jail to tell her that he has been killed in action. Found guilty of murder, she is sentenced to 15 years for manslaughter. Released in 1928, her son, who had only been a baby at the time of her incarceration, now has no knowledge of her and she travels to New York. Meeting Major Scott-Vaughan on the voyage, she becomes involved in his crooked gambling joints in the States, and, on returning to Britain with Scott-Vaughan in 1938, they establish a similar venture in London in what she discovers is the house where she lived with her husband. On the opening evening, Carol is operating the roulette wheel when her son comes to the club. Recognising him from a picture she had seen in a newspaper at the time of his recent wedding, Carol helps him from losing thousands of pounds, and to reconcile him with his new bride who disapproved of his gambling, but without revealing that she is his mother.

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