Gates of Doom (1917)

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That grand old Biograph actress Claire McDowell played a dual role in the Universal five-reeler The Gates of Doom. The story was set in India, where the fates of Indore and Agatha (both played by McDowell) were inextricably entwined. Though plot details are sketchy, it appears as if the ethnic heritage of Agatha, the "heroine" of the piece, was the main catalyst to the outcome of the story. Appearing in the prologue of the film as young Agatha was child actress Lena Baskette, later to achieve fame as adult leading lady Lina Basquette. Described by the trade magazine Variety as a "hectic" melodrama, Gates of Doom proved quite satisfactory for its target audience.