Her Purchase Price (1919)

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Bessie Barriscale takes a break from her usual suffering wife roles and plays a white girl who is raised as an Arab. As an infant, Sheka (Barriscale) was snatched from her aristocratic parents during a raid, and the Arab who took her in has raised her to put her on the slave market. As a young woman, she is discovered by Sir Derek Anstruthers (Albert Roscoe), who is traveling through Cairo. They fall in love and meet secretly, but their relationship is quickly discovered. The Arab immediately tries to auction her off, and Anstruthers disguises himself as a native so he can buy her. The couple marries and return to Anstruthers' home in England, but Sheka finds she has a lot of changes to make -- English life and dress are far different from what she is used to. Then her husband falls on hard financial times and she tries to figure out a way to save him. Anstruthers thinks she is following old Arab customs by selling herself off to a man to come up with the money. He goes after her in a panic, but it turns out that the man she has approached is her uncle, and he is making her a loan on her inheritance. The misunderstanding winds up bringing Anstruthers and Sheka even closer together than before.

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baby, invasion, slavery, tourist, white-slavery