The Worldly Madonna (1922)

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Lucy Trevor is the star of the Cubist Café, a notorious night haunt, and is admired by many men, including Alan Graves, the proprietor, Lorenz, his tool, Ramez, the cafe clown and John McBride, a wealthy politician. McBride's protection and money attract Lucy. The politician discovers that she is addicted to the drugs provided by Lorenz, who is Graves' chief agent in a profitable traffic in drugs. McBride threatens to close down the Café and, the same night, Lorenz is found shot in Lucy's dressing room. The cabaret star flees to the convent where her sister, Janet, is preparing to take the veil, and persuades her to change palces. The innocent girl is arrested as soon as she arrives in New York., but is ultimately released by McBride, as they have once been in love. Alan Graves' efforts to get 'Lucy' back to the Café and to resume the old intimate relations with him precipitate a crisis, and it is disclosed that Ramez shot Lorenz, who was not killed, but sent out of the country and paid to 'remain dead' by Graves. Lucy, now ready for a repentant life, decides to remain in the convent, and Janet and McBride are able to complete their romance.

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