Gallaudet Video Presents "A Voice in the Dark" (1921)
From video services on June 24th, 2020
"A deaf witness to murder accuses a young woman on the basis of what she saw; a blind witness correctly identifies the guilty party on the basis of an overheard conversation, and thereby frees the young woman mistakenly identified by the deaf witness. The film’s setting is a sanatorium where the two witnesses are patients. Gertrude Norman’s [actress who plays the deaf patient] screen credit reads: ’Mrs. Maria Lydiard. Deaf, and with an irritable disposition’ and Alec Francis is ’Joseph Crampton. Sightless, but still loving life and nature.’ The deaf character lip-reads with the assistance of an ’aurophone.’" -- From "Hollywood speaks" by John Schuchman. The fragment of the film obtained from the Library of Congress starts with the deaf woman using her audio devise and talking to a man [the lawyer?]. She has given evidence to accuse the heroine of murder. The accused young woman tells her story as a flashback, as she sits at a desk with the deaf patient. The blind patient is brought in and tells his story of overhearing a confession to the murder and then identifies the murderer’s voice. The fragment abruptly ends at this point.