Also known as The Woman in White, this meller adapted from the novel by Wilkie Collins is one of Florence LaBadie's last films -- she would die later in the year of injuries received in an auto accident. It's a dual role -- she plays both heiress Laura Fairlie and poor half-wit Ann Catherick. Ann has just escaped from an insane asylum and returned to her mother, who lives near the Fairlie estate. Laura lives with her uncle (J.H. Gilmore) and older half sister Marian (Gertrude Dallas). Before he died, her father asked that Laura marry Sir Percival Glyde (Richard R. Neil), but then she meets Walter Hartridge (Wayne Arey), a handsome young art teacher. They fall in love, and when Glyde arrives she asks him to release her from the promise. But Glyde -- who is really an impostor and after her money -- refuses. He gets Hartridge out of the way by sending him off to an assignment in Central America. Laura resigns herself to marriage with Glyde, but it's clear all is not right, especially when a certain Dr. Cuneo (Arthur Bauer) comes into the picture. Ann, it turns out, knows quite a bit about Glyde, but conveniently she dies. Glyde and Cuneo pretend she is Laura, while they place Laura in the insane asylum as Ann. Marian helps her sister escape from the asylum and they run into Hartridge, who has returned from his trip. With the help of Ann's mother, they track Glyde down in a church where he is destroying documents that prove he is not who he pretends to be. But he also starts a fire and the church is soon a flaming death trap. Hartridge pulls him out, and before he dies he confesses all.
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