Woman Who Gave (1918)

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This is yet another sensationalistic Fox melodrama which banks on the name of once-notorious former showgirl Evelyn Nesbit. Colette (Nesbit) is a model and she poses for two artist brothers, Don (Robert Walker) and Andrien Walcott (Irving Cummings). Andrien, a hunchback, creates a beautiful portrait of her which is seen by evil Bulgarian Prince Vacarra (Eugene Ormonde). The prince tracks her down and locks her in his apartment with two choices: Either become his wife or his mistress. Colette chooses to be his wife. War breaks out and the prince takes Colette to Bulgaria, where he joins his regiment and a son, Rudolph (Russell Thaw), is born. Vacarra returns home and takes his family back to the States. He horribly abuses Colette but he is even worse to his son. Colette once again encounters Don Walcott, and the prince's mountain lodge happens to be near the Walcotts' bungalow. One night, Colette knocks her husband out cold and takes her son to the Walcotts. She pawns her jewels for an operation for Andrien, who is going blind, and that's how the prince tracks her down. He takes Rudolph, intending to throw him over a cliff. But Andrien rips the bandages from his eyes and battles him. The two men fall off the cliff and are killed, and Colette finds happiness at last with Don. Just in case the surname sounds familiar, yes, Russell Thaw was the son of Nesbit and ex-husband Harry Thaw, who was institutionalized after shooting Nesbit's former lover, Stanford White.