Day She Paid (1919)

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This routine drama was based on a Fannie Hurst story that appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine. Marion Becker (Francelia Billington), the prize model in a Manhattan store, meets Warren Rogers, a widower from upstate New York (J. Barney Sherry). Rogers falls in love with her and asks her to be his wife and the mother to his two daughters. But Marion has a dark secret -- years before she was betrayed by Adam Kessler, the shop's proprietor (Harry Von Meter). Kessler advises her to accept Rogers' proposal but to keep quiet about her past. Marion follows his advice and is happy for several years. But then her eldest stepdaughter Marna (Gloria Hope) attracts the attention of Kessler. Kessler proposes to the girl, but Marion doesn't believe it for a minute. Finally she realizes that to save Marna she has no choice but to admit to her husband that she was ruined by Kessler. Rogers promptly tosses her out of the house (as the mores of the day demanded), and she returns to New York. A few months later Rogers comes into the city with Marna, and Kessler tries to see her; Rogers intervenes and gives Kessler a sound thrashing, then goes to Marion, begs forgiveness, and asks her to return home.