The Catspaw (1916)

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In the low-tech days of 1916, dual roles -- with the requisite double exposures -- were seen as novel and innovative. Here, Marc MacDermott plays both high-class crook Kittredge St. John and an actor who looks remarkably like him. St. John decides to pull a round of perfect thefts by having the actor pretend to be him and move about society, while he secretly commits the crimes. It all looks like it'll go off until St. John's associate and girlfriend, Roxane Bellairs (Miriam Nesbitt), becomes jealous because she sees the man she thinks is her lover carrying on with Dorothy Paget (Grace Morrisey). Out of spite, she has the real St. John arrested, but he claims that he's merely a pawn and that the impostor is the real St. John. He and Roxane escape together, but the actor finally clears himself and the real crooks are captured -- ironically as they are trying to wed. The minister is actually an undercover cop who slips handcuffs on them in lieu of wedding rings. The impostor, on the other hand, really becomes engaged to Dorothy.