Danger Zone (1919)

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In this drama, Madaline Traverse plays Lola Dupre, a famed opera singer with a less than virtuous past. She marries dignified widower Senator Fitzmaurice (Thomas Holding), thus moving up the social ladder. But Lola's past catches up with her when Phillip Whitney (Edward Cecil) begins romancing the Senator's daughter, Marie (Fritzie Ridgeway). Lola is quite familiar with the good-for-nothing Whitney -- they were lovers some years back and he has been blackmailing her to keep it a secret. Marie foolishly falls in love with Whitney, but on the night they are to elope, Lola finds him hiding in her room, a struggle ensues, and she kills him. Marie discovers the dead man, and she is accused of the murder. To save Marie, Lola has to confess. She is put on trial, but acquitted because she was trying to protect her honor (the defense could get away with such an excuse in the early part of the twentieth century!). With the shadow of Whitney erased, Lola and Fitzmaurice can begin life anew.