For Sale (1924)

Genres - Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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First National dressed up this routine society melodrama with a good cast and a decently written story line. Harrison Bates (Tully Marshall) and his wife (Mary Carr) are leaders in society. Their daughter, Eleanor (Claire Windsor), agrees to hold off marriage until her sweetheart, Allan Penfield (Robert Ellis), has made a success of himself. But then, Mr. Bates reveals that his money is gone, and he is in debt to the social-climbing Joseph Hudley (Adolphe Menjou). Eleanor agrees to wed wealthy Cabot Stanton (John Patrick) to save her father, but Stanton dies in a car wreck. When Hudley learns of the situation, he suggests that he try to win Eleanor's love himself. He accompanies the Bateses to Europe, where Eleanor finds that Penfield has become a drunken bum. She decides to marry Hundley, and, upon her return to the States, makes preparations for the wedding. But then Penfield -- who is trying to straighten himself out -- returns and Eleanor realizes she has always loved him. She takes poison in a moment of desperation, but Penfield saves her. Hudley, realizing the great love shared by the couple, willingly bows out.

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accident, alcoholism, daughter, death, love-triangle, suicide