The Dupe (1916)

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Social secretary Ethel Hale (Blanche Sweet) goes to work for society matron Mrs. Strong (Veda McEvers). Having grown weary of her husband, Mrs. Strong begins throwing herself at handsome playboy Jimmy Regan (Thomas Meighan). But Regan is more interested in Ethel, who returns the compliment. Invited to attend a formal reception with Regan, Ethel steals $150 from Mrs. Strong so that she can afford a gown. But her conscience gets the better of her, and she confesses her indiscretion to her employer. Far from being angry, Mrs. Strong offers to let Ethel off the hook if she will help in a scheme to entrap Mr. Strong (Ernest Joy) for divorce purposes. Ethel is to lure Mr. Strong into a compromising situation, thereby giving Mrs. Strong grounds for separation. She is saved from public disgrace by Regan, who quits his roving ways and marries the heroine. Margaret Turnbull adapted the screenplay from a story by her husband Hector.

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confession [criminal], divorce, frame-up, love, love-triangle, mansion, marriage, playboy, robbery, secretary