Bird of Prey (1918)

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After squandering his money and his ethics on Adele Durant (Gladys Brockwell), the morally bankrupt Dick Brown (L.C. Shumway) shoots himself in her presence. Brown's friend, Robert Bradley (Herbert Heyes) tells Adele that he will denounce her as a murderess unless she does his bidding. Adele has no choice but to agree, and Bradley takes her to Mexico and puts her to work in a dance hall. She winds up flourishing there and not only joins up with a band of smugglers -- she becomes their leader. She finds out that one of her men, Pedro (Willard Louis) is planning to murder a man who's coming to town. Adele goes to warn this stranger, only to discover it's Bradley, whom she hates. Nevertheless, he convinces her to join him in running from the Mexicans. They are captured and held with a group of other Americans who the bandits have hostage. Bradley manages to escape, and once he is gone, Pedro tells Adele he will let the captives starve unless she gives herself to him. She agrees, but halts his advances by stabbing him to death. Just then Bradley arrives with a group of cowboys to save the day. Adele realizes she has come to love Bradley and they wind up together.