All of a Sudden Norma (1919)

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Upon the death of her father Hamilton Brisbane (Joseph J. Dowling), society girl Norma Brisbane (Bessie Barriscale) finds that the family fortune has been decimated. But she refuses to accept a life of drudgery as her lot and convinces Cuthbert Van Zelt (Albert Cody), her childhood sweetheart and the idle son of a rich man, to pose as her husband. This is how she is able to attend the weekend party held by some wealthy friends. Attending the party is the Duke of Duffield (Frank Leigh), who is engaged to the hostess's daughter. Norma discovers that the family jewels are fake and thus wins a bet with the Duke. The Duke, knowing that she tricked him, suggests that she use her talents to help him obtain some incriminating letters that he wrote, which are now in the possession of Emerson Trent (Melbourne McDowell). She agrees and not only gets the letters but discovers that Trent is the man responsible for her father's downfall. At first she is determined to turn him in, but when she discovers that he is the uncle of the Duke -- whom she has grown to love -- she forgives him. Nancy and the Duke wind up together, while the useless Cuthbert is set adrift. This picture, a vehicle for silent star Bessie Barriscale, was directed by her husband Howard Hickman.