No relation to the same-named Arthur Miller play, the 1915 Paramount production The Crucible was based on a novel by Mark Lee Luther. The beautiful and fragile Marguerite Clark stars as Jean, a much-put-upon tenement girl who suffers under the persecution of self-styled moralists. Misfortune piles upon misfortune until Jean ends up in prison. She escapes, but her troubles are far from over. The outcome of the plot hinges upon an all-important telegram, which may or may not be delivered in time. Like most of Marguerite Clark's vehicles, The Crucible apparently no longer exists, at least not in its complete form.
by Hal Erickson synopsis