When a Woman Sins (1918)

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Theda Bara doesn't do much vamping in her follow-up to Salome. She is Lillian Marchard, nursemaid to the lecherous Mortimer West (Joseph Swickard). While West makes disgusting advances towards Lillian, she pines for his son, Michael, who is a clergyman (Albert Roscoe). One night when the old man paws at Lillian, Michael walks in on them. He denounces Lillian, and the shock of the whole situation brings old man West to his death. Michael tells Lillian she is the cause of all this and throws her out. The disheartened girl transforms herself into a dancer named Poppea, and attracts the attention of Michael's cousin Reggie (Jack Rollens). Michael asks her to send the young man away. During their meeting, Poppea tries desperately to get back together with Michael, and she is successful. But Reggie has been spying on the two of them and he kills himself. Once again Michael blames the girl for this misfortune and leaves. At the end of her tether, Poppea decides to auction herself off to the highest bidder and then drink poison, but before she can end it all, she receives a bunch of lilies -- a peace offering from Michael, who finally realizes that she was innocent of any wrongdoing.

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actor, brain, doctor/nurse, priest, vamp