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(1913)

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  • Maria Roma, a beautiful Italian opera singer, while performing in the Grand Opera House at Naples, attracts the attention of Lawrence Malet, an American millionaire. He is introduced to her and a mutual attraction is the result. Maria and Lawrence become good friends, to the great jealousy of Capucci. Maria's manager. Seeing her enter the theater on Lawrence's arm, Capucci protests his love. She laughs at him. He forces his attentions on her until she, frightened and unnerved, refuses to go on that night. Lawrence. In his box, hears the announcement that owing to a sudden indisposition of the great soprano, there will be no performance that evening. Worried, he hurries around to Maria's dressing room, where she tells him the trouble. He wants to go after Capucci, but she refuses to allow this. Putting her cloak about her he insists that she leave the theater with him and be married at once. She consents. After the wedding, Maria and her American husband live happily in Naples until one day she receives a letter from Capucci stating that he will never die until he has found a way to be revenged on her and her husband. To avert this vengeance from her husband. Maria decides to leave him at once. During Lawrence's absence, his wife embarks on a steamer bound for America, where, under an assumed name, she sings in the cheap Italian theaters. Lawrence, finding Capucci' s note, realizes why Maria left him. His detectives trace her to America, and in the hope of finding his beloved wife there Lawrence returns to his own country. Capucci also goes to America and discovers Maria in the cast of an East Side Carmen company. Seeing a chance for revenge, he goes to the tenor of this organization, who is an old friend of his, and prevails upon him to let him sing his role that night. Lawrence, wandering about the Italian quarters, also happens into the theater. Maria recognizes Capucci when he comes out on the stage, and seeing the dagger in his hand, realizes that he intends to turn the stage tragedy into a real one. As he advances toward her, knife in hand, she shrinks away. Lawrence, in a stage box, recognizes Maria and starts forward, Then he sees Capucci and, realizing his wife's danger, jumps over the box rail just in time to grab the Italian's dagger. Maria falls into her husband's arms and Capucci in the grasp of two policemen, snatches a knife from the belt of one of the actors and kills himself.


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