Painted Lips (1918)

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The lovely Louise Lovely played the lovely heroine in the not-so-lovely five-reeler Painted Lips. The daughter of a sea captain, the heroine falls in with a bad crowd and is soon working as a "hostess" (wink! wink!) in a cheap waterfront dive. Rescued from these tawdry surroundings by a wealthy but dissolute young man, the girl is transformed into "a lady" thanks to five months' diligence by a team of cosmeticians, tutors and charm experts. Falling in love with her benefactor, she is disillusioned to discover that his generosity was motivated by his desire to place his hated brother in a compromising situation with the now-ladylike Lovely. Out of revenge, the girl warns the brother of the scheme then disappears into the night, presumably to resume her previous unsavory lifestyle. The girl's ill treatment at the hands of the wealthy man is avenged by her seafaring father, who appears out of nowhere to mete out retribution.