Woman in the Case (1916)

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This drama based on the Clyde Fitch stage play offers a fine performance by Marie Chambers, who comes close to eclipsing its star, Pauline Frederick. While studying in Paris, Julian Rolfe (Alan Hale Sr.) becomes engaged to Claire Foster. When he discovers that she is an adventuress of low moral character, he breaks up with her and returns to America heartbroken. But soon he begins a new relationship with an old acquaintance, Margaret Hughes (Frederick), who he eventually weds. Meanwhile, Rolfe's friend Philip Long becomes ensnared by Claire. Before Rolfe can tell him of Claire's true nature, the pair are married, and when Long discovers the truth about his wife, he kills himself in despair. Claire, who blames Rolfe, accuses him of murdering Long, and Rolfe is held on circumstantial evidence until Margaret tricks Claire into telling the truth by pretending to be of a similarly wanton character.