The Passion Flower (1921)

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Although Raimunda (Eualie Jensen) marries Esteban (Courtenay Foote), he holds a secret passion for his stepdaughter, Acacia (Norma Talmadge). He uses his servant, Rubio (Walter Wilson) to ruin Acacia's romance with Norbert (Harrison Ford). Then, when she becomes engaged to Faustino (Robert Agnew), Esteban has him murdered, and Norbert is tried for the crime. But he is acquitted and the guilt points toward Esteban, who runs to the hills. Eventually he returns and Raimunda begs Acacia to forgive him. The two embrace, and the truth comes out about Esteban's love for his stepdaughter. The angry Raimunda calls for help and Esteban shoots her. He is arrested and the mother dies in her daughter's arms. This picture was based on the stage play by Jacinto Benavente which starred Nance O'Neil as Raimunda. In its motion picture adaptation, the role of Acacia was built up for screen star Norma Talmadge. Talmadge's sister Natalie -- at the time engaged to comedian Buster Keaton -- had a small role.