The Imposter (1918)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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Small town girl Mary Fenton (Ann Murdock) sings in the church choir and she naively believes a phony impresario who promises to get her started in an operatic career -- after she has attended his vocal school for six months. But when she arrives in New York, she finds that the police have closed the "school" and that no theatrical manager is particularly interested in a girl whose experience is limited to church choirs. Her savings are stolen and she winds up on a park bench, destitute. That's where Charles Owen (Lionel Adams), a young married man, finds her. He convinces her to come up to his rooms. Before his advances get too pressing, however, he in interrupted by friends of his wife's. Owen pawns Mary off as his wife's sister, and the friends invite her to their home. She goes only because she doesn't know what else to do. Owen and his wife show up and things are tense until Mary finally fesses up. The people she has been staying with have a son, Blake Walford (David Powell), who has fallen in love with her. Even though she isn't who she was pretending to be, he decides he still cares for her and proposes.

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