Maelstrom (1917)

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This Vitagraph feature begins with millionaire clubman Jimmie Hallet (Earle Williams) stopping by a lamp post to light a cigarette. A girl (Dorothy Stratton) hands him a package and vanishes into the fog. He goes to the address written on the package and is knocked unconscious. When he comes to, he finds himself in a room with a dead man. The police question him, but he refuses to identify the girl, who happens to be the dead man's daughter, Peggy. Jimmie spends the rest of the picture protecting Peggy and being followed by the police, finding himself embroiled in intrigue involving a gang headed by Ling (Denton Vane). Peggy's brother, one of Ling's men, is a suspect in the murder but eventually the real killers are arrested, by which time Peggy and Hallet have become a couple.