Golden Shower (1919)

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This Vitagraph programmer spices up a timeworn tale with a few interesting touches. Mary (Gladys Leslie) is an innocent college girl and a classical dancer. While performing a Grecian dance on her commencement day, she's seen by Broadway Al, a notorious lecher of the Great White Way (Robert Cummings). He decides he wants Mary and arranges an introduction. When she refuses to have anything to do with him, he figures that eventually he'll come up with the price tag that will win her. Mary is asked to perform her dance at a banquet and she agrees, not realizing that the host is Al. He lights the stage so that the audience can see through her outfit, which scandalizes the viewers. He then pursues her to her dressing room, but all the excitement gives him a heart attack; before he dies, he rewrites his will, leaving only a dollar to his son Lester (Frank Morgan) and giving his whole fortune to Mary, whom he refers to as his "sweetheart." Mary's friends and associates believe the worst and shun her, forcing her to leave town in shame and start life under an assumed name. Ironically, she meets up with Lester and the two begin a romance, which is threatened when he finds out her true identity.