She Devil (1918)

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Lolette (Theda Bara) is a fiery young Spanish girl. When a painter, Maurice (Albert Roscoe), comes to her town in search of locations, she falls in love with him. But when he's ready to return to Paris, he refuses to take her along. She's determined to follow him, though. To get the money, she steals jewels and loot from a bandit named Tiger (George McDaniel) who has been lusting after her. She finds Maurice, and he decides to use her as a model. He finds her a particularly inspiring subject. One evening they go to the theater to see some Spanish dancers. Lolette is not impressed, and she proceeds to show them how it's really done. That night Tiger, who has tracked her down, tries to get his jewels back, but Maurice, thinking he is merely a burglar, overpowers him. The next day, a pack of impresarios offer her contracts. She accepts advance money from all of them then puts all the cash into an orphans' box. Maurice finds out what she's done and insists that they must run away or she will be arrested. Once again they encounter Tiger, but they trick him and hit the road once again. This picture was solid Theda Bara entertainment; it failed at the box office, however, because it was released on November 10, 1918 -- the day before the Armistice. The last thing people cared about that week was a vamp movie.