The Eternal Magdalene
Cast & Crew
Leading citizen Elijah Bradshaw calls a town meeting to persuade citizens to pay $30,000 for an evangelist to lead a religious and moral clean-up to drive out the town's prostitutes. Only one person stands against Bradshaw and cites Christ's charity to Mary Magdalene as the example that they should follow. When Bradshaw discovers that his daughter Elizabeth is involved with his secretary Macey, he orders her out. He then dreams of Magdalene who shows him men in bread lines given hymn books instead of food; a church where the poor cannot reach the door latch; Elizabeth driven from a brothel and depositing her child in an asylum; his son Paul killing Macey and then his own wife dying when Paul is arrested. Horrified, Bradshaw awakens and stops Elizabeth from leaving. After Paul and Macey explain that Macey and Elizabeth have been secretly married, Bradshaw cancels the evangelist's visit and begins to implement compassionate reforms.
This film was made in 1917 and was scheduled to be released December 16, 1917. It was viewed at this time by censors in Pennsylvania and Chicago, who expressed their disapproval. The film was released Easter Sunday.