The Rise of Jennie Cushing (1917)

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Jennie Cushing (Elsie Ferguson), a girl of the slums, decides to get even with the world after undeservedly spending several years in reform school. Casting convention to the winds, she becomes the live-in lover of aristocratic artist Donelson Meigs (Elliot Dexter). He wants to make their relationship legal, but she doesn't want to ruin his life and walks out on him. Though the film is predicated on the "progressive" notion of an open romantic relationship (aka "Free Love"), things are tied up nicely and neatly at the end when Jennie goes the traditional matrimonial route after all. The Rise of Jennie Cushing was based on a novel by Mary S. Wetts.

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artist, couple, humiliation, lover, past, reformatory, wife