On-The-Square Girl (1917)

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Filmgoers of the 1910s condemned what they termed "fast living" but they certainly enjoyed watching it in the theater -- hence this drama. Anne Blair (Mollie King) is a model at a modiste's shop who accepts the attention of wealthy Thomas Brockton (L. Rogers Lytton) so she can help support her invalid mother. One day Brockton tries to force himself on her and she stabs him. Later that day Anne finds out that her mother has died, and delirious from the shock, she wanders out into the snow where she is found, unconscious, by artist Richard Steel (Donald Hall). Steel had been on a walk after arguing with his fiancée -- Brockton's daughter, Inez (Aimee Dalmores) -- over her drinking. He takes Anne to a cabin, revives her, and insists on taking her to his aunt's place for further care. Anne and Steel fall in love, and Inez is furious at this turn of events. When her father shows up to confront Steel, the truth comes out -- Brockton is actually Anne's father. Steel has had enough of the supposedly upstanding Brockton clan and sticks by Anne.