Valentine Girl (1917)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

When her guardian gets married, twelve-year-old Marian Morgan (Marguerite Clark) is sent to live with her father (Frank Losee). Mr. Morgan owns a gambling house, and Marian's presence causes him to rethink his lifestyle. He decides to sell the joint, but a former colleague, Joe Winder (Adolphe Menjou), wants to involve him in a bank robbery. Morgan won't have any of it, but Winder manages to place the blame for the crime right at Morgan's feet and he goes to jail. When Marian discovers a Valentine's Day party at a church, she meets a nice young man, Robert Wentworth (Richard Barthelmess) and is adopted by a minister. Marian grows up and becomes engaged to Robert. Morgan is released in jail and reappears in his daughter's life just long enough to cause complications. But Robert hears the whole story and does not care that Marian's father is an ex-con, but Morgan once again slips out of his daughter's life, so as not to impinge on her happiness.