The Woman Next Door
Cast & Crew
In Mexico, Jack Lake, a promoter of worthless mines, overhears a plot by some Mexicans to kill young American engineer Tom Grayson. To gain Tom's favor, Lake alerts the authorities, who capture the plotters. Tom returns to his Connecticut village, where his mother, sister and father, an ex-judge, have befriended the woman living next door, who has been ostracized because she refuses to talk about her past. After Tom befriends the woman, Lake arrives and, to the woman's embarrassment, greets her with, "Why hello, Jenny." The woman admits to being the former Broadway actress Jenny Gay, whose divorce trial created scandalous headlines. She tells Tom that she married wealthy broker Ben Whittier to escape Lake's incessant entreaties. Lake's subsequent lies to Whittier, his friend, about Jenny aroused suspicions, which culminated when Lake, hiding in Jenny's closet one night, embraced her just as Whittier and two detectives entered. Meanwhile, Judge Grayson, suspicious of Lake's mining scheme, alerts the police. After Tom, once the intercollegiate heavyweight boxing champion, beats a confession out of Lake, Tom and Jenny become engaged.
This was the first release of the Kleine-Edison Feature Service. There was a pre-release trade showing in New York on August 17, 1915. Some scenes in the film were shot at the Eltinge Theater in New York.