Forbidden Fire (1919)

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Vampy Louise Glaum is surrounded by class in this Arabian drama -- along with having Allan Dwan as director, C. Gardner Sullivan as writer, and Victor Schertzinger arranger of music. Mignon revels in the attention she receives from the men of Paris, and her extravagant ways finally break her husband, John Stanley (Matt Moore). He is compelled to take over an engineering project in the Sahara to get himself back on firm financial footing. Mignon finds desert life dreadfully boring until the arrival of Baron Alexis (Edwin Stevens). He flatters her and convinces her to leave Stanley and abandon her child. Mignon accompanies the baron to Cairo, where he installs her at the luxurious Palace of the Dawn. Several years later, while giving alms to the poor, Mignon spies her little boy (Pat Moore), now a little ragamuffin, and her husband, who has become a crazed drug addict. She takes them back to the palace, where she attempts to nurse Stanley back to health, even though she knows he might kill her if he regains his reason. Realizing the folly of her life, Mignon takes Stanley and their son back to the desert in hopes of restoring her husband's sanity.