THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE (1918):
Wynne Mortimer, a pampered society girl and daughter of William Mortimer, a prominent businessman, chances to meet David White, a young artist, whose fame is already assured, at an art exhibit. Despite the fact she's engaged to marry Hugh Gordon, a junior partner in her father's firm, she falls in love with the artist. He invites the girl and her father to visit his studio and the invitation is accepted. Renee, a model, has been in love with David White for years and he has seemingly reciprocated her love. When Wynne Mortimer appears on the scene, however, he forgets all thoughts of love for Renee. The model is quick to realize the change in her lover. Secretly, she has been a user of cocaine. To forget the heartache the growing attachment between her lover and Wynne causes her, she turns to the drug. Wynne, led on by her interest in the artist and his insistence, that she is the only one who can justly typify the spirit of a new picture at which he is at work, goes to the studio and poses for him. Hugh Gordon follows her and after a violent scene with the painter, takes Wynne to her father, who upbraids her and forbids her to see the painter again.
DVD-R has English intertitles with no subtitles. Approx. 65 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!
THE FORBIDDEN CITY (1918):
The daughter of a Chinese Mandarin is sentenced to death for her secret marriage to an American. Their child, raised in the Mandarin's palace, grows up and escapes to seek her father, now a high-ranking official in the Philippines.
DVD-R has English intertitles with no subtitles. Approx. 61 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!