Microbe (1919)

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Magazine stories frequently were fodder for film stories in the 1910s, and that's the case with this programmer. This time the magazine was Ainslee's and the author was Henry Altimus. The Microbe (Viola Dana) is a waif of a girl living in New York's Chinatown. She disguises herself as a boy and sells newspapers until one day she is rescued by a writer, De Witt Spence (Kenneth Harlan). After he discovers she is a girl, he goes out of his way to make sure she gets an education and helps transform her into a lady. This angers Judith Winthrope (Bonnie Hill), who has designs on Spence. She convinces the Microbe that she is a detriment to his writing. So the Microbe leaves, but soon Spence begins receiving a series of remarkable letters signed "Bianca." These letters inspire him to write a novel that restores his popularity. Judith claims that she wrote them and Spence asks her to marry him. But a friend of his reveals that the author of the letters is the Microbe. Spence finally realizes his love for the girl and they are reconciled. This was a lesser Viola Dana vehicle.