Scarlet Shadow (1919)

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In spite of its racy title, this Mae Murray vehicle was pretty tame stuff. Elena Evana (Murray) is a young girl who is being reared by her stern Aunt Alvira (Martha Mattox). Because Elena's mother committed some horrible but unnamed sin, Aunt Alvira becomes upset when she finds the girl carrying on an innocent flirtation with Van Presby, the boy next door (Ralph Graves). Elena defiantly continues to see him, and when Aunt Alvira catches him in her house, she insists that Elena has been compromised and they must get married. Van's uncle, Harvey (Frank Elliott), prevents the wedding and sends Elena to live with Van's mother, Edith (Clarissa Selwynne). Van, meanwhile, is hustled off to college. Edith wants to marry Harvey, and when she finds him becoming too interested in Elena's well-being, she plots to marry the girl off to Joseph Fleming (Willard Louis). At the last minute, however, Elena refuses to go through with the ceremony. Van comes home from college and promptly tries to take advantage of Elena. Harvey puts a stop to it and marries the girl himself. And the mother's unmentionable sin? Alvira was mad that she got married twice -- not exactly a big deal, even in 1919.