Power of Evil (1916)

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Having recently inherited his father's millions, footloose playboy Henry King agrees to an arranged marriage with socialite Margaret Nichols. While King reforms his ways and remains faithful, Nichols does not, and is soon absenting herself from home for lengthy trysts with her various lovers. During one of Nichols' "long weekends," King decides to assuage his loneliness by taking a spin in his new roadster. While driving through a busy city street, he accidentally strikes down pretty pedestrian Lillian West. Rather than take the girl to the hospital, King allows West to recuperate in his home. As the girl reclines on the living-room couch, King's wife unexpectedly returns, incorrectly sums up the situation, and files for divorce. Thoroughly disillusioned, King is on the verge of returning to his wastrel ways, but is rescued from this fate by the now-recovered West, who by an amazing stroke of good fortune is an officer in the Salvation Army.



bigotry, engagement, epilepsy, exorcism, pregnancy, secrets, strangler, superstition