Ever Since Eve (1921)

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There have been several films with the title Ever Since Eve -- this one and two in the 1930s -- and none of them are related. This one is a flimsy comedy-drama starring Shirley Mason as a war orphan. Carteret (Herbert Heyes), an artist, decides to adopt a French war orphan and winds up with the very pretty and nearly grown-up Celestine Le Farge (Mason). Naturally he falls in love with her almost immediately, but he isn't the only one. One of his friends also falls for her, and she seems to have a strange suitor who is mysteriously hanging around outside. For the better part of the film, the identity of the person who is contacting Celestine is kept a secret. Only at the end is it revealed that it isn't just a man, it's a couple. One is Lieutenant Gerald O'Connor (Louis King), and the other is a young woman -- the real Celestine. The girl who Carteret thought was Celestine was actually her sister, Marie, who went in her place after she got married. Once everything is cleared up, Carteret doesn't hesitate to take Marie to the altar.

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adoption, artist, deception, impersonation, letter, love, romance, scandal, ward [hospital]