Rise of Susan (1916)

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Susan (Clara Kimball Young) has just been fired from the work room of a dressmaker's shop when the model suddenly becomes unavailable. So she is quickly rehired to pinch hit as a mannequin. She models some gowns for Mrs. Joseph Luckett (Jenny Dickerson), who is shopping for her daughter, Ninon (Marguerite Skirwin). Mrs. Luckett is impressed by Susan's carriage, and when a countess is unable to attend that night's reception, she asks Susan to pose as the missing woman. She agrees and at the party meets Clavering Gordon (Eugene O'Brien). The two are taken with each other, much to Mrs. Luckett's chagrin -- after all, Ninon has her heart set on the guy. Susan finally faints under the pressure of her fake title and is taken away to a hospital. She is denounced by Mrs. Luckett, and Gordon and Ninon marry. Six years pass, during which Susan finds work as a nurse. One day, Ninon, a hopeless drug addict, is admitted to the hospital and she attacks Susan, blinding her with a pair of scissors before jumping out the window. New widower Gordon once again finds love with Susan, even though she is sightless. This picture was probably shot a year before its release -- by the time it came out, at the end of 1916, Clara Kimball Young was no longer with World.