When young Nance Olden ( Bebe Daniels ) is taken from an orphanage to live at Mother Hogan's boardinghouse, she becomes Tom Dorgan's ( Wade Boteler ) partner in crime. While helping him steal a jewel from Edward Ramsey at Union Station, she escapes by slipping into a nearby carriage. When the owner, Bishop Van Wagenen ( Herbert Standing ) enters, the desperate girl pretends to have lost her mind and is taken to Mrs. Ramsey's ( Helen Raymond ) where she keeps up her deception. Meanwhile, Tom has been arrested, but William Lattimer ( Emory Johnson ), Nellie Ramsey's ( Ruth Renick ) fiancé, is not fooled by Nancy's acting and persuades her to reform and use the talent for sketching which she has displayed. Nellie becomes very jealous of the attention William displays for Nance, that she plants evidence making it look like the girl stole a purse, but Tom, just escaped from jail, sees and reports Nellie's trick. Ultimately, Tom is sent back to jail, and Nance is reunited with William.
She Couldn't Help It was a remake of the 1913 film, In the Bishop's Carriage starring Mary Pickford. This version starred the popular actress Bebe Daniels. Sadly both films are now lost.
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