The Woman on Trial (1927)

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Pola Negri and director Mauritz Stiller fail to make much of this somber and unoriginal melodrama, which was based on the play by Ernest Vajda. Julie, a model of the Paris studios (Negri), is on trial for murder. On the stand, she relates her story, and in the style of Madame X, the film is told in flashback. She loves artist Pierre Bouton (Einar Hanson), who is dying of consumption. In order to get him to the Alps for a cure, Julie marries Moreland, an art patron (Andre Sarti). She secretly uses his money to buy Pierre's paintings so he can remain at Davos. At one point, however, his condition worsens and Julie hastens to his side. Moreland follows her and discovers them together. He divorces Julie and, with the help of Gaston Napier (Arnold Kent), compromises her so that he can retain custody of their little boy. Julie vengefully shoots Napier. After hearing her story, the court acquits her, and she reunites with the now-cured Pierre.

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bad-guy, courtroom, flashback, investigation, killing, love, murder, woman