The Price She Paid (1917)

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Dramatic screen star Clara Kimball Young was well cast in this film, based on the novel by David Graham Phillips. She is Mildred Gower, who marries the wealthy General Siddall (Snitz Edwards). But his bad temper is unbearable and she returns home. There she meets an old suitor, Stanley Baird (Alan Hale) who offers to "invest" in a singing career for her. She thinks this is a good idea until one day it is pointed out to her that this makes her a kept woman. Then she pursues singing for real and when she becomes a success, she splits from Baird. She finds friendship with an old musician and his family and falls in love with her protector, Donald Keith (David Powell). Snitz Edwards, unfortunately, was miscast as General Siddall -- best remembered for his later supporting roles in several Buster Keaton features, Edwards' portrayal was more comic than villainous.