Fair Cheat (1923)

Run Time - 72 min.  |  
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Ex-Follies girl Dorothy Mackaill was perfectly cast as what else -- a chorus girl -- in this light comedy. However, her character, Camilla Van Dam, starts off the picture as a society miss. She is in love with John Hamilton (Wilfred Lytell), a poor clerk who works under her father, Morgan Van Dam (Edmund Breese). But Van Dam doesn't approve of the romance, and he talks his daughter into testing the young man's love. The old man sails to Europe and Camilla agrees to tell Hamilton she is going with him. Van Dam figures that if the couple don't communicate for a year, they will forget each other. So Van Dam leaves for Europe, but Camilla stays home and becomes a chorus girl under an assumed name -- unbeknownst to her father, of course. Hamilton meets her and although he is struck by her resemblance to his sweetheart, she insists that she is merely a double for Camilla. Van Dam has left blank checks for his daughter, but his secretary uses them. Camilla saves the day by keeping the secretary from skipping out of town. When her father is reported to be shipwrecked, the truth about Camilla's identity finally comes out. The news about the wreck turns out to be false and Van Dam returns home early. He admits that his daughter has outwitted him and gives the couple his blessing.

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actor, clerk, coming-of-age, daughter, marriage, provincial