Flirting with Love (1924)

Genres - Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |  
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After playing a series of flapper roles starting with Flaming Youth, Colleen Moore -- or, rather, her studio, First National -- tried something a bit different with this comedy-drama. Here she's Gilda Lamont, a young girl who has worked her way up from working in a shirt factory to starring on-stage for the very first time. Unfortunately, this success is short-lived, because Wade Cameron (Conway Tearle), a physician who heads a censorship organization called the Better Plays Committee, has the production closed down. In an attempt to get back at him, Gilda shows up on his doorstep pretending to be a dual personality who has lost her memory. Cameron, who is fascinated with such cases, immediately puts her under observation. Meanwhile, to help out the theater's manager Franklyn Stone (Alan Roscoe) -- who is suffering financially because his play was closed -- Cameron offers his own play for production. The manager agrees, and stars Gilda, but he secretly plans to take Cameron's straight story and make it into a burlesque. When the curtain goes up, however, the show doesn't continue because Gilda is immediately recognized as the actress who was a victim of Cameron's organization. Gilda has fallen in love with the doctor, so to save his reputation, she pretends she really did have amnesia and all ends well. Unfortunately, this picture wasn't very good, and between this and So Big (a quality film that didn't do much box office), Moore's studio insisted that she stick to flapper roles.

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actor, love, love-conquers-all, manager, press-agent, revenge, stars [celebrities]