Mary MacLane was a real life vamp who wrote a sensational book, I, Mary MacLane. Some savvy film executive at the Essanay studios in Chicago decided to make a motion picture out of it, give it a racy title, and star Miss MacLane herself, even though she wasn't much of an actress (at least on screen). MacLane narrates her six sordid romances herself (via title cards) -- the Callow Youth (Ralph Graves) bores her, the Literary Man (R. Paul Harvey) is too dominating and the Younger Son (Cliff Worman) has a temper. MacLane gives up the Prize Fighter (Alador Prince) at the urging of his sweetheart, and is dumped by the idealistic Bank Clerk (Clarence Derwent) when he discovers she smokes and drinks. Finally the Husband of Another (Fred Tiden) tries to force himself on her, and by now, Miss MacLane, full of ennui and chagrin, wonders if true love really exists. She asks her French maid, who has just gotten married. The maid replies, "Oui," but the cynical, self-involved Miss MacLane is still not altogether convinced. It is incredible now to think that, in her day, Mary MacLane was called a "modern George Sand" -- what she lacked in talent, she certainly made up for in hype!
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