The Street of Forgotten Women (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |  
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Filmed in the early to mid 1920s in Southern California, this obscure silent exploitation melodrama enjoyed a surprising re-release on video-tape in the late 1990s. A highly moralistic tale about the evils of prostitution, the film ran into censorship problems and appears to have been withdrawn soon after its release. The protagonist is a young socialite who against her father's wishes funds a stage show starring herself. The play flops and unwilling to admit defeat the girl obtains a position in a back alley dive. She is fired for refusing to "put out," however, and with no place else to go finds herself trapped in a bordello owned, it turns out, by her father. In the film's most disturbing scene, the heroine is saved in the nick of time from a fate worse than death when the establishment catches on fire. The father redeems himself by selling off his slum dwellings and the daughter is invited back to home and hearth. The surviving prints of Street of Forgotten Women contain no dates, cast, credits or recorded score.

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agent [representative], innocence, prostitute/prostitution, seduction, sex