The Narrow Path (1918)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Fannie Ward plays Marion Clark, a manicurist who gets involved with a family who live in the boardinghouse where she resides. She is in love with the son, Dick Strong (W.E. Lawrence); the mother is an invalid and the sister, Gladys (Irene Aldwyn), is pretty but naive. Gladys falls in with a fast crowd and becomes involved with Malcom Dunn (Sam DeGrasse), who happens to be one of Marion's clients. Dunn is married but that doesn't stop him from playing around. The troubled Gladys goes to Marion with her problem, and Marion is determined to confront Dunn. Unfortunately, Marion becomes the one who is accused of an affair with Dunn and when Mrs. Dunn (Mary Alden) starts divorce proceedings, the innocent manicurist is named corespondent. It is up to Marion to set the facts straight and save her reputation. In an era that had very strict moral values, a film with this subject matter was potentially problematic; the studio thought they solved this by inserting a bunch of sermonizing subtitles at the beginning of the picture. All this served to do, according to reviews of the day, was bore the audience before the picture had even started.

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accusation, brother, confession-false, guilt, investigator