Out of the Night (1918)

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This morality play about the plight of the "fallen woman" (a favorite theme in the 1910s) was based on the play by E. Lloyd Sheldon. Rosalie Lane (Catherine Calvert) has been forced to the streets because she was betrayed by Henry Tredwell (Emmett King). She meets up with artist Ralph Evans (Harry Meyers), who uses her as a model for a painting that has been ordered by the trustees of the Magdalene Home. Only after the picture is done does Rosalie discover that one of those trustees is Tredwell. She confronts him and, out of guilt, he hires her as a governess. When his grown son (Herbert Rawlinson) returns from the West and takes an interest in Rosalie, Tredwell is none too thrilled. The son proposes and Rosalie writes him a note, explaining that her unfortunate past makes her unworthy of him. He doesn't care, however, and insists that they marry. Although Tredwell objects, he finally realizes that he can't stop them and relents.