What Could She Do? (1914)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 33 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This episodic three-reel drama was capably directed by the talented but nearly-forgotten John H. Collins. Although she has grown up in affluent circumstances, the death of her father brings Sylvia Fairfax (Gertrude McCoy) to the brink of poverty. Forced to earn a living, she goes to work as a governess for a Northern friend of her father's. But her inexperience shows and she is discharged. Then she gets a job in a department store and is befriended by one of her co-workers, Hetty Sharp. Hetty saves Sylvia from the attentions of Banners, who has tried the timeworn line about getting her into show business. Hetty, however, has been stealing from the company and Sylvia winds up being accused. In spite of this, she refuses to reveal Hetty as the guilty party, no matter what the police do to her. Finally Hetty's conscience can no longer stand it and she confesses. The police are impressed by Sylvia's fortitude and offer her a job as a detective.