Footlights (1921)

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Elsie Ferguson plays aspiring New England actress Lizzie Parsons in this light comedy, based on a Saturday Evening Post story by Rita Weiman. With the help of her sympathetic grandmother (Letty Ford), Lizzie makes it to New York, but her stage career goes absolutely nowhere until she meets manager Oswald Kane (Marc MacDermott). With Kane's help, she changes from Lizzie Parsons to the temperamental Russian dramatic actress Lisa Parsinova and becomes a huge star. Her true identity is kept a deep, dark secret, even from Brett Page (Reginald Denny), the man-about-town who falls for her. But Lizzie's maid, Etta (Octavia Handworth), discovers the truth and uses her knowledge to blackmail her. Finally Lizzie tires of the whole ruse and decides to fake Lisa's death. She goes out rowing and is thought drowned. But Brett, who has discovered her real identity, tracks her down. He decides that he loves Lizzie even more than he loved Lisa and they wed.

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actor, bachelor, grandmother, impersonation, love, producer [showbiz], romance