One of Many (1917)

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Shirley Bryson (Frances Nelson) lives in poverty with her sister Emma (Mary Mersh) and their mother (Caroline Harris). Mrs. Bryson becomes seriously ill and will die if she is not sent away to be cared for. Shirley's job as a manicurist certainly can't pay for this, but one day Wilfred Templeton (Harold Entwhistle) walks into the shop and makes her an offer: If she comes to live with him as his mistress, he will pay for her mother's nursing. Shirley reluctantly agrees but is humiliated by the condescending attitude of Templeton's servants. Then when Emma comes to visit and notices that Shirley isn't wearing a wedding ring, Shirley is overcome with shame. Templeton dumps her and she goes to work at a cabaret. There she meets Harold (Niles Welch), a sad young man who is burying his loneliness in drink. When he defends her from an insulting cad, a romance begins. Shirley reforms Harold and they marry, but when his father comes by to congratulate them -- it turns out to be Wilfred Templeton. He tells Harold all about Shirley's past, which gives Harold pause, but in the end he forgives her completely. This film suffered from two major problems -- a tired story and some unlikely plot twists (how could Shirley not know who Harold's father was?).

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alcoholism, bride, dance [art], family-disapproval, love, marriage-arranged, millionaire