Beggar of Cawnpore (1916)

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Popular scenarist C. Gardner Sullivan uses India's Sepoy Rebellion as a backdrop for this tale of drug addiction and recovery. Dr. Robert Lowndes (H.B. Warner) works for the British East India service, and when he contracts an illness, he becomes a slave to morphine. Because of this, he loses not only his post, but also his girl, Betty Archer (Lola May), who marries Captain Guy Douglas (Wyndham Standing) instead. Dr. Lowndes winds up being a beggar on the streets of Cawnpore, but with the uprising of the Sepoys, he pulls himself together and rescues Betty from the turmoil. Her husband is conveniently killed in the riots, so she reunites with the regenerated Dr. Lowndes.