The Whispering Chorus was directed by Cecil B. DeMille, who was 37 at the time. It is the story of a man who struggles to support his wife and elderly mother. One day he gives in and steals money but can't put up with the guilt, so he fakes his own murder and tries to live as a wayward man, while his wife moves on and prospers.
Raymond Hatton (31) played the leading role of John Tremble, and he was like a spectacular chameleon. In the beginning of the film he looked like a mix between Vincent van Gogh and James Dean.
Edythe Chapman (55) played Tremble's mother
Kathlyn Williams (39) played the gentle and empathetic wife and occasionally looked like Isadora Duncan in her later years.
John tried to gamble but lost
What I didn't get was, what did John use all his stolen money on ? It was never explained. He just ran away from his old life and then did odd jobs like working at the docks where he got hurt.
I think Noah Beery (36) played the part of a guy who took John under his wing. The two of them lived together in a seaside shack for a couple of years in the film.
Meanwhile Coggeswell is elected as a Governor and proposes to Jane Tremble, who has been working at his company since the (assumed) death of her husband.
John's mother can't forget about him and has a feeling he's still alive
an undercover cop tricks John into gambling
after getting in trouble with The Law, he moves on
to China Town
the princess of an Opium den seduces him
while at the same time his wife gets married to the governor
years go by and John still thinks about his mother while trying to scrape up some money
Jane and the governor are talking about having a baby
John takes a chance and visits his mother. I think he looked very beautiful at this point. Like an emaciated Bob Dylan.
counting off days to his execution