A Perfect Lady (1918)

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Madge Kennedy plays a burlesque actress who winds up stranded in a very small-minded small town and tries, nevertheless, to make a living there. She needs to earn the money -- she's putting her little sister (Mae McAvoy) through college. The actress runs into opposition from a moral deacon, who, it turns out, is as hypocritical as they come; it's revealed that he has quite a liking for chorus girls. In the end, a lot of people become more accepting, and both sisters marry fine, upstanding members of the community. Although the burlesque star is supposed too exceptionally ladylike in spite of her calling, Kennedy played up too much niceness and not enough badness.

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actor, burlesque, community, ice-cream-parlor, sister, small-town, vaudeville