A Fallen Idol (1919)

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Could anyone imagine Evelyn Nesbit -- former Floradora girl and ex-wife of wealthy, insane murderer Harry K. Thaw -- as a Hawaiian princess? Probably not, but Fox cast her as one anyway in this exploitative drama. Princess Laone (Nesbit) has been introduced to Santa Barbara society by Mrs. Parrish (Lillian Lawrence). But Mrs. Parrish isn't exactly a fine, upstanding matron -- she associates with smuggler Stephen Brainard (Lyster Chambers), and when her nephew, Keith (Sidney Mason), falls in love with Laone, she tries to convince the girl to kill herself. Keith saves Laone from drowning, but when he has to go to his dying father, Mrs. Parrish convinces her that he has jilted her. Brainard convinces Laone to return to Hawaii and marry him. On the trip over, she realizes that the yacht is loaded with stolen jewels. Keith returns and finds out that Brainard has Laone and goes after them in a steamer. He tracks down Laone before she can marry Brainard and they are reunited. Brainard, however, has Keith arrested as a smuggler. Laone knows better, and she holds up his crew with a gun until the customs officers arrive. Brainard is arrested, while Keith is released and joins with Laone.