This 1918 drama starring the popular actress, Alice Joyce, was produced by the Vitagraph Company and sadly now remains a lost film. I have found an original film review to share with the reader.
Moving Picture World - ROBERT W. CHAMBERS is the author of "The Woman Between Friends," a five-part Vitagraph Blue Ribbon Feature directed by Tom Terries and starring Alice Joyce and Marc MacDermott. The picture is excellent in every respect. It is consistently dramatic in story, has variety of scene, convincing local colour, intelligent direction ,and a thoroughly capable cast. Artist life in Paris furnishes the background, and the plot is highly romantic.
The friends of the story are John Drene, a sculptor, and Jack Graylock, a painter. Both men swear eternal friendship on the night before Drene's marriage. Later on the artist runs away with the sculptor's wife. The couple tire of each other, and the woman becomes an outcast. Then Graylock falls honestly in love with a flower girl, one of those sweetly innocent young women found in romance of the Chambers school Her name is Cecelie, and she follows the painter back to Paris. He installs her with the housekeeper of the studios where he lives, and introduces her to Drene, who is at once inspired to employ her as the model for a half completed statue posed by his wife.
Drene, who was present when the runaway woman paid for her folly be being accidentally burned to death, has never suspected his friend, but Cecelie unintentionally betrays him. Drene is filled with a determination to kill Graylock at once. He then concludes that this would not be sufficient punishment, and informs the artist that on a certain day he must shoot himself or be killed. As a further revenge, Drene makes up his mind to wind Cecelie away from Graylock. He starts to put his plan in operation, not knowing that the girl has already fallen in love with him. Her gentleness and devotion soften his heart toward his one time friend, and he tries to prevent Graylock from carrying out the compact. The artist fires the shot as agreed, but only wounds himself, and Drene finds peace and happiness with Cecelie.
Alice Joyce has never done anything better than her playing of the flower girl, whose wistful gentleness and appealing beauty just suit her personality. Marc MacDermott as John Drene, Robert Walker as Jack Graylock, Edith Speare as Drene's wife, and Katherine Lewis as Cecelie's sister are the other names on the program.
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