Pay Me (1917)

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After several years of lending support to "bigger" Universal contract players, Lon Chaney Sr. was at last afforded star billing in Pay Me. Typically, however, Chaney's character, shiftless wanderer Joe Lawson, was secondary to the film's "official" star, Dorothy Phillips. The story concentrates on Marta (Phillips), the daughter of faded dance-hall girl Nita (Claire Du Brey). Utterly ignorant of her mother's previous occupation, Marta is confronted by a man who claims to be her father and insists on being paid a huge sum of "hush money." The outcome of the film is contingent upon the re-awakening of the blackmailer's sense of decency and honor.