Unpainted Woman (1919)

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This simple picture, adapted from a Sinclair Lewis story, concerns Gudrun Trygavson (Mary MacLaren), a Swede living in the Midwest and working as a hired girl for Mrs. Hawes (Lydia Yeamans). Although Gudrun is a gawky girl, Charley Holt (David Butler) falls in love with her. They are married, in spite of the disapproval of Charley's socially ambitious family. However, he has a drinking problem and Gudrun is neglected while he hangs out at the local saloon. A drunken brawl ends in Charley's death and Gudrun, left with a small child and smaller savings, takes what she has and invests it in a nearby farm. She is doing quite well for herself, and things get even better when Martin O'Neill (Thurston Hall) comes along. O'Neill is a tramp who has had his own bouts with John Barleycorn but has now recovered. Gudrun puts him to work on her farm and he helps her in making it turn a profit; in addition, he gives her the love and respect she deserves. Their love survives when the villainous Heine Lorber (Willard Louis) sets Gudrun's barn on fire and tries to place the blame on O'Neill. The ploy is unsuccessful and Gudrun finds true happiness with the former tramp.