Chapter in Her Life (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This was the second time Lois Weber filmed Clara Louise Burnham's Christian Science novel Jewel (the first time was in 1915 with Ella Hall). Mr. Everingham (Claude Gillingwater) is a wealthy but misanthropic old man. He is not thrilled when Madge, his eldest son's widow (Frances Raymond), comes to visit, bringing her adult daughter, Eloise (Jacqueline Gadsden), along with her. And no one is happy when Jewel, the daughter of Everingham's estranged youngest son (Jane Mercer), shows up. In spite of being surrounded by hatred and animosity, Jewel is cheerful and pleasant, just like her mother told her to be. Eventually her sunny demeanor melts everybody's hearts and through the little girl, the old man is able to reunite with his son (Robert W. Frazer). Unfortunately, this Pollyanna type of story did not go over as well in the jazz-mad 1920s as it did in the more reserved 1910s, and Weber did not make another film for three years.

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family, granddaughter, misanthrope