Children of Eve (1915)
Henry Clay Madison (Robert Conness), a student and clerk, falls in love with neighbor Flossy Wilson (Nellie Grant), an actress from “The Follies.” Although she reforms under his influence, Flossy believes that she is unworthy of Madison and rejects his marriage proposal. She ends up alone in the tenements, dies and her child Mamie is raised by another woman. Seventeen years later, we see Fifty-Fifty Mamie McGuire, “Pride of the alley” (Viola Dana) going out with slang spewing Bennie, the Gyp (Thomas F. Blake), Mamie’s “steady.” Meanwhile Madison is now a capitalist and a calloused business man reading newspaper articles about child labor investigations at a factory he owns. At The Bucket of Blood dance hall & saloon Bennie & Mamie win a dance contest. Later Mamie steals a feather off a street vendor’s push cart and is chased into a school building where she meets a handsome young man, Bert.Madison’s nephew Bert (Robert Walker) now 25 years old has become a social worker and soon falls in love with the worldly Mamie.After reading some of a bible he gave her she reforms and he elicits her help in his work. But soon Bert falls ill, and when Mamie tries to visit him, Madison, who now is concerned only with money, convinces her to give up the idea of marrying Bert. Mamie now wants to do good, and make it stick goes to work in Madison’s canning factory to investigate conditions In addition to employing children, Madison’s factory has no fire escape an only one staircase. When it catches fire, many children die and Mamie is seriously injured. Madison visits Mamie, who cries Bert’s name in delirium. When Madison brings Bert, now recovered, Madison notices a photograph of Flossy, Mamie’s mother and realizes that Mamie is his daughter.She dies in Bert’s arms, her father realizes all his money cannot save her and pleads for her to live but it is too late.