Butterflies in the Rain (1926)

Run Time - 70 min.  |  
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Ninety percent of the silent films of director Edward H. Sloman have been lost to the ages, and Butterflies in the Rain is no exception. The story is set in London, where spoiled-brat heiress Laura LaPlante is the bane of her aristocratic family's existence. When a family of wealthy "commoners" moves next door to her estate, LaPlante goes out of her way to insult them then stages a dinner party for the express purpose of humiliating their new neighbors. Despite the snubbing, James Kirkwood, the neighboring family's son, falls madly in love with LaPlante. Eventually they get married, but LaPlante has a lot of trouble overcoming her initial negative reaction to Kirkwood's presence. The problem is resolved when the hero and heroine lose all their money, forcing them to realize how deeply they care about each other.

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commoner, dinner-party, forbidden-love, heir, humiliation, insult, love, romance, royalty