Ellen Terry was one of the greatest stage stars of the late 19th century. She made her motion picture debut in this drama at the age of 70. While her theatrical skill was legendary, film was a brand new medium for her and it shows. Mrs. Lovelace (Terry) is an old actress who has retired, but her talent lives on in her son. His theatrical debut is a huge success and he goes off to celebrate. During a card game he gets involved in a fight and knocks a man unconscious. Later on the man is killed by a wealthy gentleman and the son is accused of the deed. But there was a witness -- Mrs. Lovelace's former maid -- and she is blackmailed into silence by the wealthy man. On her deathbed, however, the maid reveals the truth to her ex-employer. Mrs. Lovelace makes herself up like the maid and uses her dramatic skills to wring a confession out of the real killer. As a result, her son is freed and is able to go on with his life.
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