Galley Slave (1915)

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The first of 23 Theda Bara films to be directed by J. Gordon Edwards (the step-grandfather of Blake Edwards), this film was also the first to have a happy ending. Bara once again seeks vengeance on a cheating husband (Stuart Holmes), but instead of routinely destroying a series of men, Bara's Francesca Brabaut falls in love with a nice artist and lives happily ever after. The Galley Slave was based on a Victorian stage play and enjoyed less than booming business. As a consequence, Theda's employer, Fox, quickly ordered up the much more lurid Destruction (1915).

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bad-guy, dignity, escape, good-guy, imprisonment, prison, robbery, slavery