Lady Barnacle (1917)

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Lakshima (Viola Dana) is in love with Krishna Dhwaj (William B. Davidson), but her father (Augustus Phillips, the Maharajah of Bhartari, has other plans for her. Krishna is sent to college in America, while Lakshima is supposed to be married off to a wealthy old man. But she refuses to have anything to do with him and throws herself into a lake. Bostonian George Morling (Robert Walker), who is in India on business, happens by and saves her from drowning. After that, Lakshima considers herself Morling's slave, even though Morling neither wants nor needs one. He sneaks off on a ship, only to find out the next morning that Lakshima has stowed away and is still glued to him. Once he's back in Boston, he tries to hide her, but she appears just when he's having dinner with his fiancee. Finally Lakshima's father angrily arrives, and he is ready to have Morling killed when Lakshima shows up with her lover Krishna -- the pair have just gotten married. This kind of amusing lunacy was typical of Viola Dana's comedies. Director John H. Collins, also Dana's husband, died in the influenza epidemic later in the decade.