The Devil's Playground (1918)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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The Charleston and the Roaring Twenties weren't even part of 1918 sensibilities and already somebody was producing an expose on the evils of dance. Whether this drama proved its point is questionable. When a businessman (Robert Cummings) discovers that his pretty young stenographer (Lillian Cook) has a fondness for dancing, he starts taking her out to cabarets. Of course, he has ulterior motives, and the girl finally has to leap out a window to evade his grasp. When she arrives home, she finds her invalid mother dead. Later, the businessman has a heart attacks and he too dies. His son (Harry Spingler) gets out of college and almost immediately gets involved with a vamp (Vera Michelene). Because of her increasing financial demands, the boy steals money from the bank where he works and is sent to prison. The vamp returns to the wealthy man she had temporarily discarded, and when the boy finishes his time, he returns to his old mother and marries the girl who had worked for his father.



crime, mother, secretary, vamp, dance [art], businessperson