Fires of Rebellion (1917)

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The drudgery of the working class is conveyed in this drama, directed by Ida May Park. Madge Garvey (Dorothy Phillips) works in a shoe factory. Her father Joe (Richard de la Reno) is a drunk who beats his wife (Alice May Youss), and her sister Helen (Belle Bennett) has repeated the pattern by marrying Dan Mallory (Edward Brady). The new foreman, John Blake (William Stowell), fires Mallory. Mallory attacks him, but because of his alcohol abuse, his heart gives out and he dies. Blake asks Joe for Madge's hand, and he accepts for her. Madge longs for something better, when Cora, a former stenographer from the company (Golda Madden), writes her from the big city. She claims that a woman can find happiness and a life of leisure there and offers her a job as an artist's model. Madge is more than happy to take the offer, but when she gets to the city, she discovers what being a "lady of leisure" really means. Blake knows that Madge's honor is in grave danger, and he comes to town and rescues her; Madge realizes that Blake really does love her, and they look forward to their coming marriage. Lon Chaney appears in a bit part.