Modern Magdalen (1915)

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Lionel Barrymore had been acting in motion pictures since 1912, so by the time he made this melodrama, based on the play by C. Hadden Chambers, he was practically a screen veteran (at least by the measure of early cinema!). Factory girl Katinka Jenkins (Catherine Countiss) lives in poverty with her nagging parents. Even though she is loved by a fellow worker, Joe Mercer (William Tooker), she agrees to become the mistress of the plant's owner, Lindsay (Barrymore). From her poor origins, Katinka transforms into an extravagant spendthrift. Because of her, Lindsay is forced to borrow money to pay his workers' wages. Inevitably, the workers wind up without their money and they angrily organize a strike. At first Mercer holds back the angry mobs, but when he learns of Katinka's affair with his boss, he allows the mill to be burned down. Lindsay is ruined and finally Katinka wakes up to what she has done. She considers suicide but instead becomes an army nurse. When she goes to a yellow fever camp to care for the sick, she finds that one of her patients is Mercer. He forgives her past and they are reunited.