L'Apache (1919)

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Dorothy Dalton has a dual role in this drama of the Paris underworld. Although Helen Armstrong (Dalton) has come to Paris to study music, she winds up as the mistress of a millionaire, Harrison Forbes (Austin Weber). When her grandfather sends word that he is coming to visit, she goes into a panic because she doesn't dare reveal her sordid life. So she enlists the help of Natalie Bourget, who bears a close resemblance to her (Dalton again). Natalie has married Jean Bourget (Macey Harlan), the king of the Apaches, only to save her brother from a prison sentence, and she is more than happy to get away from him. She goes to the chateau of Otis Mayne (Robert Elliott) in Helen's place, and Helen, meanwhile, ends her miserable life by throwing herself into the Seine. Jean goes to Forbes and murders him in a jealous rage, while his wife is busy falling in love with Mayne. The police, not realizing that the real Helen is dead, believe that she committed the murder and arrest Natalie. But then Jean is shot while escaping from the police, and before he dies he confesses to Forbes' killing. Natalie is released and reunites with Mayne. Incidentally, in the Paris of the 1910s, Apaches had nothing to do with Native Americans -- this name was reserved for members of the Parisian criminal underground.