The Wicked Darling (1919)

Run Time - 59 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Priscilla Dean has impressive support from Lon Chaney in this crime drama. Mary Stevens (Dean) is a thief of the slums. She is loved by Stoop (Chaney), a hoodlum. Mary happens on a society reception and makes off with a pearl necklace which has been dropped by Adele Hoyt (Gertrude Astor). She hides in the home of Kent Mortimer (Willington Playter), and finds out that he is the one who had given the necklace to Adele. Mary falls in love with the handsome Mortimer and resolves to go straight. She goes to work as a waitress and later on encounters Kent, who is broke because he has spent all his money on Adele only to have her cast him off. Stoop discovers Mary's involvement with Mortimer and shoots him in the arm. He then tries to steal the necklace from Mary, but she gets it back and confesses her past to Mortimer. He is shocked at first, but he comes to realize that Mary is a far more worthwhile human being than Adele ever was.