Shop girl Stella Schump ( Mary MacLaren ) is devoted to her mother ( Gertrude Claire ), who desires her to marry. Stella befriends her shoe store co-worker Cora Kinealy ( Fritzie Ridgeway ), who invites Stella to a party to meet the hero of a munitions plant fire. The young man does not attend, and Stella is coerced into over-drinking. She wanders into the street, is picked up by a detective, taken to night court, and sentenced to ten days in jail. Stella writes to her mother, and the shock of the news causes her mother's death. Upon release, Stella is relieved of her job and without a home. While wandering the streets, she is picked up by a man and taken to a Salvation Army home. The man is John Gilley ( Robert Anderson ), the munitions plant hero. The two find happiness together.
This 1919 silent drama was based on the short story "The Petal on the Current" by Fannie Hurst. Produced by The Universal Film Manufacturing Company and directed by Tod Browning, sadly the survival status of this film is listed as unknown, suggesting it may now be a lost silent.
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