Woman in White (1917)

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Produced in the waning days of the New York-based Thanhouser company, Willkie Collins' classic Gothic mystery also became one of the last films of Thanhouser's leading lady Florence La Badie, who died in a car accident soon after. In a much heralded dual-role, La Badie played the title character, a weak-minded girl escaping from the asylum from which she was committed years before by evil Sir Percival Glyde (Richard R. Neill), and Laura Fairlie, the new Lady Glyde, whom she strongly resembles. There is a fiendish plot to substitute one girl with the other for pecuniary reasons; a villain with a "foreign" sounding name (Arthur Bauer), and, of course, a dashing hero (Wayne Arey) who saves the damsel in distress in the proverbial nick of time.