The Strange Woman (1918)

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Derived from the Broadway hit of the same name, Fox's The Strange Woman starred the versatile Gladys Brockwell as the woman in question. Having spent many years in wicked Paris, Inez de Pierreford (Brockwell) has developed some rather unconventional notions about how a woman should behave in public. Thus, when she marries Ohioan John Hemingway (William Scott) and returns with him to his provincial hometown, Inez arouses the interest -- and the self-righteous ire -- of the local gossips and bluenoses. The limit comes when the tongue-cluckers learn that Inez has written a book about (gasp!) "Free Love." The outraged locals organize a boycott against Inez, but she finds an unlikely champion in the form of John's gray-haired mother (Ruby LaFayette), who can see beyond the glitter and the glamour and has recognized the heroine's essential goodness.