Redeeming Love (1917)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

This moralistic drama starred Kathlyn Williams (in her first film for Paramount), and Thomas Holding. Naomi Sterling (Williams) is a flighty young girl who is in love with divinity student John Bancroft (Holding). He constantly preaches to her, so she runs off with Hugh Wiley, a gambler from another city (Wyndham Standing). Wiley poisons her mind and convinces her she should make as much money as she can before she loses her looks. Bancroft, meanwhile, becomes a famed evangelist who is given the combination to the vault of the giant tabernacle where he preaches. Wiley wants to get his hands on the tabernacle's money, and turns Naomi against Bancroft so that she will help him with his scheme. She lures the minister to her home, but instead of tricking him, Naomi finds redemption in his presence. Wiley is still determined to get that combination, so he jumps on Bancroft and wrestles it away from him. To save Bancroft's reputation, Naomi replaces the stolen money with her own ill-gotten savings. While attempting their getaway, Wiley and his partner, McCarthy (Don Bailey), are killed in a car wreck.