The Man of Shame (1915)

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Noted stage personality Wilton Lackaye was ostensibly the star of Universal's The Man of Shame. But since Lackaye's supporting cast included the film's director Harry C. Myers and Meyers' wife Rosemary Theby, the eminent tragedian had to keep on his toes to prevent the film from being stolen from under him. Adapted from a popular French novel, the film cast Lackaye in a dual role, as an above-suspicion gentleman and his look-alike, a sociopathic criminal. The latter was obviously the more interesting role, and the star accordingly made a meal of it. Despite the strenuous assistance of adventuress Theby, the "bad" Lackaye was ultimately defeated by the "good" one.