Harriet and the Piper (1920)

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Anita Stewart plays a young woman with an unfortunate past in this unoriginal drama, based on a magazine story by Kathleen Norris. Harriet Field (Stewart) gets wrapped up in the carefree Greenwich Village life, and Royal Blondin (Ward Crane) tricks her into a fake marriage. When she wakes up to what she's done, she balks, but Blondin forces her to stay until he tires of her, and then he drifts away. Harriet goes to work for the Carter family as a companion to their daughter, Nina (Margaret Landis). Isabelle (Myrtle Stedman), the wife of Richard Carter (Charles Richman), is having an affair with family friend Anthony Pope (Irving Cummings). Blondin, meanwhile, shows up to romance Nina. Harriet doesn't want to see Nina's life ruined, but when she goes to Blondin, he threatens to ruin her reputation. Isabelle and Pope run away together, but they die in an auto accident. Mr. Carter confesses his love to Harriet and convinces her to marry him. She then blocks Blondin's attempt to wed Nina, and confesses everything to Carter. Carter pays Blondin a large sum of money to keep his mouth shut and leave, but before he can take the cash, he is killed by a longtime enemy.

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bigamy, blackmail, danger, love, love-triangle, marriage, playboy, revenge, romance, secretary, virgin