Woman's Past (1915)

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Heroine Nance O'Neill allows herself to be compromised by her lover, on the promise that he will marry her. When he goes back on his word, O'Neill tries to bury her past by marrying her seducer's best friend, an Army captain. Years later, the captain is called to the Philippines, leaving O'Neill behind to care for their child. Unexpectedly, her ex-lover returns to the scene and tries to force his attentions upon her. This is witnessed by O'Neill's father-in-law, who jumps to the wrong conclusion and throws the woman out of her own house. With nowhere else to turn, O'Neill links up with her betrayer, and together they sink to the depth of degradation. More years pass: O'Neill's son grows into manhood and becomes a lawyer. It is only a matter of time before his path will cross that of his "fallen" mother and her scurrilous paramour -- and it is at that point that the film metamorphoses into yet another variation of the venerable mother-love melodrama Madame X.