Gambler's Advocate (1915)

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The Gambler's Advocate was the general-release title of the 1915 production Clarissa. Hazel Dawn starred as Clarissa, who upon graduating from a private girl's school learns that her widowed father has remarried. At first resentful of her new stepmother (Dorothy Bernard), Clarissa slowly warms up to the woman. Later on, the heroine falls in love with a handsome attorney named Gambier (James Kirkwood), only to be disillusioned when she catches the attorney and the stepmother in a warm embrace. After all, how could Clarissa know that her stepmom is merely expressing gratitude to Gambier, who earlier in the film saved her from drowning? Eventually, the stepmother is able to stage-manage a reconciliation between Clarissa and Gambier -- and none too soon, since it falls upon Clarissa to save Gambier from a trumped-up murder charge.