Crucible (1914)

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No relation to the same-named Arthur Miller play, the 1915 Paramount production The Crucible was based on a novel by Mark Lee Luther. The beautiful and fragile Marguerite Clark stars as Jean, a much-put-upon tenement girl who suffers under the persecution of self-styled moralists. Misfortune piles upon misfortune until Jean ends up in prison. She escapes, but her troubles are far from over. The outcome of the plot hinges upon an all-important telegram, which may or may not be delivered in time. Like most of Marguerite Clark's vehicles, The Crucible apparently no longer exists, at least not in its complete form.