The Plow Girl (1916)

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Early in her screen career, former Follies sensation Mae Murray played a number of waif-like roles. Surprisingly, the formula worked; perhaps this is due in part to the direction of Robert Z. Leonard, who became the star's second (third, if you count a brief and apparently unconsummated union with New York broker Jay O'Brien) husband. Murray and Leonard met on this production. Lady Brentwood (Edythe Chapman) leads a sad and lonely life in London -- her daughter and son-in-law were killed in South Africa. However, she suspects that her granddaughter is still alive, and now that the girl would most likely be grown, she is determined to find her. She commands one of her poorer relations to do the searching, and he in turn sends young attorney John Stoddard (Elliot Dexter) to South Africa. Stoddard doesn't find the girl, but he does meet Margot (Murray), a tiny plow girl who is horribly abused by the farmer (Theodore Roberts) who is her boss. Stoddard rescues Margot from this terrible situation and brings her to London, claiming that she is Lady Anice, the long-lost granddaughter. Lady Brentwood's relative wants to marry Margot so he can get his hands on half the old lady's fortune, but Stoddard and Margot decide to confess. It turns out, however, that Margot really is Lady Anice after all, and she and Stoddard wind up together.

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confession [criminal], daughter, girl, guilt, lawyer, peasant, relative, scheme