Bright Lights (1925)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Charles Ray's career had been declining for some time when he made this comedy-drama. Unfortunately, this attempt to return to the characterization that brought him fame -- that of an unsophisticated country boy -- didn't win him back the fans he had lost. Actress Pansi Delaney (Pauline Starke) is tired of the big city and its flashy, phony men, so she's glad to return to the farm back home and visit her mother. She meets a country boy, Tom Corbin, and his naive, wholesome ways win her over. Tom, however, feels out of place amongst Pansi's city friends -- he doesn't realize that the qualities that make him appear awkward are just what she likes. When he visits Chicago and sees one of the slick city types trying to make time with Pansi, Tom decides to make himself over. But instead of being cool and sophisticated, he comes off as a jerk and Pansi is disgusted. One of her friends tips Tom off, so he returns to his country boy demeanor, and wins back his girl.

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class-consciousness, country-boy, love, upper-class