Who's Your Neighbor? (1917)

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When a group of reformers, led by Mrs. Bowers (Gladys Fairbanks), closes down the red light district, district attorney Osborne (Franklin Hanna) believes it bodes ill for the town. Hattie Fenshaw (Christine Mayo), one of the area's former inhabitants, moves in next door to one of the reformers. Not only is Bryant Harding (Anders Randolph) paying her rent, Dudley Carleton (Frank Morgan) has become so besotted with her that he's broken his engagement to Betty Hamlin (Evelyn Brent). Betty meets Hattie and, unaware of her business, comes by to visit. She interrupts a little party which includes her ex-fiancé and Harding's son, Hal (William Sherwood). Harding himself then arrives, and in the ensuing confusion, almost shoots Betty -- who, it turns out is his daughter. At this juncture, the DA, Mrs. Bowers and some other reformers arrive and find out who their neighbor is. The reformers start to think that perhaps having a red light district for the "girls" isn't so bad after all. The attitude of this picture suggests that perhaps the 1910s wasn't as stuffy an era as typically thought.