False Kisses (1921)

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Patsie Hannon was a model when Erich Von Stroheim discovered her and gave her the name of Miss DuPont. Duly signed to Universal, she played the female lead in Foolish Wives. The film took so long to make, however, that DuPont starred in several more program features that were released before her actual debut. Miss DuPont was not exactly one of Von Stroheim's most inspired discoveries -- with the release of this romantic drama (her second film to reach the public), trade paper Moving Picture World said, "It is stated, with the earnest hope that it does not sound patronizing, that Miss DuPont shows a little improvement in her work." There wasn't much to work with -- the story is slight and her supporting cast did not show a lot of enthusiasm for their performances. Although Jennie Blake (DuPont) claims she "can't stand the sound of waves," she winds up teaching at a seaport town called Rocky Point. Two men, Paul Whalen (Pat O'Malley) and Jim Payne (Lloyd Whitlock), vie for her; Jennie chooses Whalen. Payne becomes a lighthouse inspector and a few years later, when Whalen is out of work, he gets him a job as a lighthouse operator. It's lonely work, and Jennie appreciates Payne's visits. When Whalen is blinded he begins to believe that Jennie and Payne are having an affair. In spite of his blindness, he gets into a fight with Payne and when he knocks his head into a wall, his sight returns. He and Jennie resolve their differences.

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blindness [physical], extramarital-affair, handicap, love, love-triangle, rival, schoolteacher