The Woman Pays (1914)

Run Time - 33 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Maude Fealy both wrote and starred in this Madame X-inspired melodrama about a woman, Margaret, who takes up with a reckless youth, Jack Dacres (James Cruze), solely due to the neglect of her husband, James Watson (Gardner Crane). Caught in a compromising situation, Margaret is ordered out of the house. Desperate and alone, she has no other choice than to seek refuge with the man who had caused her ruin in the first place. Twenty years pass and Margaret and Jack are running a gambling house in New York. The district attorney raids the joint and Margaret recognizes the young prosecutor as her own son, Tom (William Schappe). Jack is killed in the ensuing struggle and Margaret faces time in prison for her involvement in the gambling house. She is saved in the nick of time by James Watson, now acting in defense of the woman he once abandoned. Most critics applauded Miss Fealy's acting but found her play rather somber and not a little melodramatic.