Lure of the Mask (1915)

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This absurd drama was based on the romantic novel by Harold MacGrath. Clubman Jack Hilliard (popular 1910s leading man Harold Lockwood) falls in love with the beautiful voice of a woman (Elsie Jane Wilson) who is singing an Italian aria, even though he can't see her. He gets in touch with her through an ad and she agrees to dine with him if he shows up blindfolded. He arrives as requested and discovers she is wearing a mask. Shortly thereafter she leaves for Italy with the American Opera Company and mails Hilliard the mask from Naples. Hilliard decides to chase after her and sets sail for Italy, accompanied by his servant, Giovanni. He finally meets up with her face to face, and while she is in Monte Carlo, trying to gamble up some cash for her beleaguered opera company, he saves her from the unwanted attentions of Prince Monte Bianca (Irving Cummings). He finds out later, when he goes to the singer's home, that the Prince is actually her husband. But Giovanni solves ! their dilemma by killing the prince because he betrayed his daughter. This leaves Hilliard and the singer free to pursue their romance.