Stain in the Blood (1916)

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Director Murdock MacQuarrie keeps the action moving quickly in this complicated drama -- a good thing, since the story lacks any credibility whatsoever. When the Thompson family is making their way out West, they are attacked by Indians and the parents are killed. The children, Joe and Mary, are adopted by prospector Bill Jenkins (director MacQuarrie), who later becomes the town's sheriff. Joe grows up (to be played by Norbert A, Myles) and, unbeknownst to either Jenkins or Mary (Edythe Sterling), becomes a bandit. He is wounded during a stagecoach robbery and makes his way back home, where he confesses his crimes to Mary, who offers to help him if he leaves the money behind. Reluctantly he agrees and, to avoid suspicion, they check into a hotel as husband and wife. But Joe is finally caught and sent to jail. Mary, meanwhile, meets and marries a young inventor (Millard K. Wilson), who soon makes a fortune. Joe escapes from prison and takes up burglary. Mary's husband, meanwhile, takes up with a cabaret singer (Dorothy Nash), who had the room next to Joe and Mary during their flight from the law. She tells the inventor that Mary is married to a criminal and he starts divorce proceedings without hearing an explanation from his wife. Joe picks another home to rob, which turns out to belong to the inventor's attorney. Mary is also there, trying to steal some papers, and when the police arrive, she is wounded. Finally she insists on telling her part of the story and she and her husband reconcile. Joe, helped out by the inventor, reforms.