Painted Lady (1924)

Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This Fox melodrama features Dorothy Mackaill and George O'Brien. Out of love for her foster mother, Violet (Mackaill) takes the blame for a burglary actually perpetrated by the woman's daughter. She goes to prison and when she is released, the police terrorize her to the extent that she is unable to hold down a job. As a result, she becomes a prostitute. She vacations in the South Seas with one of her clients, where she meets Luther Smith (O'Brien). Smith, a sailor, had come home to find his sister (Lucille Ricksen) was murdered. He is now searching for her killer, but this doesn't stop him from falling in love with Violet. Violet doesn't feel worthy of Smith's love, so she leaves the island. Smith, meanwhile, has discovered that Sutton (Harry T. Morey), the captain of the ship he is on, is his sister's assailant. During a storm, their ship collides with the one carrying Violet. Sutton rescues Violet and tries to have his way with her. When she proves uncooperative, he takes her back to the island, where he begins to auction her off to a group of coke fiends. But Smith rescues her and gives Sutton what's coming to him.