Jeanne Dore (1916)

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Stage (and reluctant screen) star Sarah Bernhardt performed in this tragedy, directed by Louis Mercanton, who had also worked with her three years earlier in Queen Elizabeth. Jeanne Dore (Bernhardt) is married to a man who can't stop gambling. Jeanne gives him her jewels to pay off his debts -- providing he quits -- but he still stops by the roulette wheel and loses it all. In disgrace, he commits suicide, leaving Jeanne and their son (Raymond Bernard) in dire straits. Jeanne sells what's left of their possessions and finally her husband's uncle takes pity on her and buys her a Paris stationery shop to run. There, her son meets up with a married woman and falls hopelessly in love with her. Her financial demands eventually drive him to murder his uncle and he is sentenced to die on the guillotine. Bernhardt filmed this picture not long after her leg was amputated; Mercanton did a pretty good job of hiding her lack of mobility.