The Immigrant (1915)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

No relation to the Charlie Chaplin two-reeler of the same name, Lasky Features' The Immigrant was a vehicle for Valeska Suratt, one of the most formidable rivals of movie "vamp" Theda Bara. Fresh off the boat from Russia, immigrant Masha (Suratt) is seduced by J. J. Walton (Theodore Roberts), the libidinous owner of a construction firm. With nowhere else to turn, Masha agrees to marry Walton, but she carries on an illicit romance with Walton's business rival David Harding (Thomas Meighan). Though this clandestine relationship ends up with Walton's death and Harding's financial ruination, Harding is willing to forgive and forget when the chastened Masha promises to change her ways. The highlight of The Immigrant was its exploding-dam finale (which were fairly commonplace in films of this period).



business, construction, contract, couple, engineering, husband, love, nasty, owner, rape, Russia