First Love (1921)

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The situations in this simple comedy-drama still ring true today. The O'Donnells are a typical, everyday family -- Tad (George Hernandez) is a sensible working man, his wife (Fannie Midgely) is a good mother and their daughter Kathleen (Constance Binney) is pretty and innocent to the point of naiveté. Kathleen works in a factory and its owner, Donald Holiday (Warner Baxter), has taken a shine to her. But instead she falls for slick cab driver Harry Stanton (George Webb), who insists, "Honest, kid, you're the only girl I ever loved." Kathleen falls for this, and when her perceptive father makes clear he doesn't approve of Stanton, she moves out on her own. She gives Stanton all her extra money so he can buy books -- in reality he's using the money to romance other girls. She's totally oblivious to this, however, and when Holiday tries to warn her, she quits her factory job and goes to work as a waitress. There, Stanton's true nature is finally revealed when Kathleen catches him buying another girl dinner. She blows up at the restaurant and walks out. But Holliday is still around to give her comfort, and true love.

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deception, loan, love, waiter