Released 10/15/14 by Universal/Rex; Director: Joseph De Grasse; Screenplay: James Dayton, from a poem, The Cross, by Miriam Bode Rasmus; 2 reels

CAST: Pauline Bush (Carlotta), Ray Gallagher (Don Manuel), Lon Chaney (Don Valasquez), Laura Oakley (Sister Agnes), Beatrice Van (The Wife), Felix Walsh (The Child)

SYNOPSIS: Carlotta, born of lowly parents, is adopted by the nobleman Don Valasquez and is raised to womanhood. She has grown up, and fallen in love, with Valasquez' son Don Manuel, but he is sent off to the court of the King. Six years later, the son returns with a wife and small child. Carlotta becomes obsessed with hatred and one day, she sees the child reaching for a rose on the window sill. The child begins to lose its balance and Carlotta, still filled with hatred, does nothing. The child falls and is killed. Later, Carlotta feels remorse and joins a nunnery, where from her window she can see the boy's grave. Thirteen years later she tells sister Agnes her story, and says that each year, on the anniversary of the boy's death, his spirit appears before her with a cross of blood on his forehead. That day is the anniversary, but this time the spirit appears and Carlotta recognizes in him the Christ child and knows she has been forgiven.

NOTES: Some sources list the title as HER LIFE'S STORY.

© 1997,2008 Jon C. Mirsalis

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