Keeping her diagnosis a secret, Barbara moves forward with her career. This chapter focuses on two films she made at this time: The Shooting of Dan McGrew (1924) and The White Moth (1924), both significant in that they exemplify Arthur Sawyer’s ongoing exploitation of her sex symbol image. The films are accompanied by details pertaining to production, plot synopses, and critical reception. The groundwork is laid for Barbara’s future romance with Ben Lyon, her White Moth costar. A sizable segment of the chapter centers on Barbara’s embroilment in the sensationalized trial of the case of The People of the State of California vs. Herman Roth. Though she created a sensation when she had Roth jailed for blackmail, it now remains for her testimony—part of which involves the complete revelation of her disreputable past—to prove or disprove Roth’s charges of adulterous behavior against her.
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