The Marked Woman (1914)

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Marked Woman was the third of Owen Davis Sr.'s stage plays to be adapted by the World Film Company. A typical Davis melange of melodrama, romance and low comedy, much of the story takes place in China, where Russian expatriate Olga falls in love with a clean-limned American sailor. Unfortunately, a sinister Chinese war lord has designs on the delectable Olga. To save her sailor sweetheart from certain death, Olga morosely agrees to become the war lord's wife. This is but one of the many perils facing the heroine in the course of the film's five reels: At various junctures, she is nearly drowned at sea, kidnapped and manhandled by Boxers, and (literally) branded a harlot by the Czar's police. To paraphrase a character in All About Eve, all that's missing are the bloodhounds nipping at the girl's behind.