Daughters of Pleasure (1924)

Genres - Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In spite of its racy title, this society drama is really a down-to-earth look at the effects that sudden wealth has on a poor family. After striking oil, Mark Hadley, the father (a miscast Wilfred Lucas), decides that his wife (Edythe Chapman) is a bit on the drab side and goes in search of more exciting company. He finds it in Lila Millas (a wonderfully cast Clara Bow), a young girl from France. Hadley's daughter, Marjory (Marie Prevost), is following in her father's footsteps -- the man she fancies is Kent Merrill (Monte Blue), a young man of questionable morals. Although Hadley forbids the relationship, Marjory sees Merrill anyhow. Later, she drops in on Lila, who was her school chum in Paris, and finds her father there. Marjory lambastes her wayward father and runs off with Merrill. A chastened Hadley returns home to find his wife about to walk out on him. Merrill wrecks his car, and while waiting in a parson's office, comes to the realization that he really loves Marjory, so he proposes. Marjory accepts and their quickie wedding reunites her parents.

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city-life, nouveau-riche, upward-mobility