The Mysterious Client (1918)

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Irene Castle had recently become a widow when this comedy-melodrama was released in May 1918 (Vernon Castle, who had enlisted during World War I, died in February in a flying accident in Texas). Harry Nelson (Milton Sills) is a struggling young lawyer who is facing eviction. Nevertheless, he turns down Boris Norjunov (Warner Oland), who wants some questionable legal help. Shortly after this, Jeanne Darcey (Castle) shows up in Nelson's office, claiming that she is being pursued. Nelson offers to help her, but they are attacked on the street and an envelope that Jeanne is carrying is stolen. Nelson then accompanies the girl to an apartment where Norjunov catches them riffling a safe. Nelson is knocked cold and wakes up in a secret room. Jeanne frees him, but he is summoned to the apartment once again and hears an argument between Jeanne and Norjunov. After several more twists and turns, Nelson discovers that no one is what they appear to be -- although Jeanne does prove to be a willing and worthy mate.