Thou Shalt Not (1919)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Evelyn Nesbit's big claim to fame was that in 1906, her crazed husband, Harry K. Thaw, murdered her former lover, Stanford White. Nesbit forged a film career out of her notoriety during the 1910s, and Fox, which released many of her pictures, cast her in exploitation films. This one, typical of the bunch, says a lot about 1910s morality. Ruth (Nesbit) is a nice country girl who lives with her mother (Florida Kingsley) and father (Ned Burton) in a farmhouse. She falls in love with "a rural swain" (Eddie Lawrence), who convinces her to run away with him. Although they elope to a neighboring city, a wedding is never performed. Ruth's mother is sick over her daughter's disappearance, and the village minister (Crawford Kent), who always liked Ruth, tracks her down and brings her back home. He returns her to the choir, but the parishioners protest the presence of a "fallen woman" in their church. The minister is so disgusted by their attitude that he leaves the church and takes Ruth with him.