Crimson Gardenia (1919)

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It is Mardi Gras in New Orleans' French Quarter, and New Yorker Roland Van Dam (Owen Moore) has come down in search of excitement. When he puts on a mask and sticks a gardenia in his buttonhole, he finds more adventure than he bargained for. Because of the flower, Madelon Dorette (Hedda Nova) believes that Roland is her cousin, who she has never met. What she doesn't know is that her cousin had fallen in with a gang of counterfeiters and was murdered. The counterfeiters believe that Roland is a Secret Service agent, and they convince Madelon that he is her cousin's killer. Before she learns the truth, she has already brought Roland to the counterfeiter's den. But by propping the phone receiver off its hook, he alerts the switchboard operator to his -- and Madelon's -- dilemma. The operator gets the police, and when Roland and Madelon are saved, they unite as a couple. This film was the work of novelist-turned-producer Rex Beach.