Broken Melody (1920)

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Although primarily known as Norma Talmadge's leading man, Eugene O'Brien starred in a few films himself. This anemic and sentimental drama, however, did little for his career. Stewart Grant (O'Brien) is an art student living in Greenwich Village. His sweetheart, aspiring singer Hedda Dana (Lucy Cotton), lives in the apartment next door. One night, while the couple is at their favorite cafe, Mrs. Trask, a wealthy widow (Corinne Barker), approaches Grant. She offers to pay his way to Paris so that he can perfect his craft. Hedda urges him to go, and when he refuses on her account, she pretends she no longer loves him. While he is making a success of himself in Paris, Hedda procures a song from Ivan, an eccentric musician (Gus Weinberg), and makes a hit with it. From a mutual friend, Grant discovers that Hedda really does love him; although Mrs. Trask wants him for herself, he turns her down and returns to New York and to Hedda.

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artist, couple, deal [agreement], devotion [dedication], love, proposition, singer, student, wealth, widow/widower