False Fronts (1922)

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The story to this comedy-drama was written by an exhibitor, S. Barrett McCormick, owner of the Allen Theatre in Cleveland. As might be expected, the final product was enjoyable, not too taxing on the brain, had no overpriced stars, and clocked in at exactly five reels, or an hour's length (the standard of the day). Keith Drummond (Edward Earle) has no money but a good name. He comes to the big city to make his way, and on the basis of his name alone is lent a large sum of money, with the advice to "put up a front." Drummond marries socialite Helen Baxter (Barbara Castleton), but he comes to hate what he perceives to be his lazy, dishonest life. He disappears without a trace and finds a job at an oil firm. Here, he makes a name for himself honestly, and when he meets with the principle stockholder, he's surprised to discover that it's his wife. Now that he has gained self-respect and a solid position which he earned on his own, Drummond is ready to reunite with Helen.

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boss [employer], domination [influence], employee, executive, life-choices, marriage, mother, socialite, stockholder