Who Shall Take My Life? (1918)

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The protagonist of Who Shall Take My Life, played by Tom Santschi, is a dance-hall habitue with aspirations of becoming a toll collector at the local bridge (what an ambition!) To this end, he cadges money from various gullible young women, including heroine Fritzi Brunette. Falling in love with Santschi, Brunette begs him to marry her, but he'd rather play the field and does so shamelessly. Eventually, Santschi pays for his ill treatment of the heroine when he is accused of a murder he didn't commit and sentenced to the electric chair. A scant few seconds before a pardon comes through, he is put to death. The film was supposed to be an argument against capital punishment, but at times it seemed like an indictment against no-good bounders like the "hero."