Heloise Broulette ( Madame Patrova ), the sole support of her invalid mother and young crippled brother ( Richard Barthelmess ), is forced to become the mistress of libertine Leland Norton ( Wyndham Standing ) in order to secure the money for an operation to save her mother's life. Mrs. Broulette ( Frances Walton ) recovers, but when she discovers the real source of her daughter's income, the news kills her. After her mother's death, Heloise leaves her career behind and goes to the country where she takes a job as a secretary to author Carter Vail ( Mahlon Hamilton ), who falls in love with her. Heloise finds herself in a dilemma when Vail's sister Alice ( Gene Burnell ) visits friends in the city and falls in love with Norton. Honor bound, Heloise sacrifices her own happiness to save Alice from Norton. In revenge, Norton informs Vail of Heloise's past, but Vail responds that she has the soul of a Magdalene despite the life that she had been forced to endure.
This 1917 silent drama was produced by Popular Plays and Players, Incorporated, starring silent screen actress Madame Patrova. The survival status of The Soul of a Magdalen is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.
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