Two Lois Weber silent films, live
Suspense is a one-reel film, only about ten minutes long, in which a young mother at home alone is menaced by a tramp who breaks in to her house. She managed to phone her husband, so the suspense is partly in the car chase: his car gets stolen outside his office, so he and the police are in hot pursuit. It's a good job the chase ends outside his house, eh?
And yet the story doesn't go quite the way you might expect. Weber was a Christian evangelist, and rather than the rich boy and the snobbish woman next door getting their comeuppances, or some stroke of good fortune hitting the minister and the lecturer, everyone ends up redeeming themselves either by offering or accepting help. Fate doesn't play a hand, people do. It's a happy ending of sorts; perhaps the daughter doesn't end up with the beau she'd prefer, but if you average out everyone's happiness it's probably the happiest possible ending.
Have you seen any of Lois Weber's films?