Forsaking All Others (1922)

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Colleen Moore had not yet become the epitome of Flaming Youth when she co-starred with Cullen Landis in this pleasant little comedy. After the proliferation of mother-as-martyr films during the early 1920s, it was refreshing to have a selfish, conniving matriarch here in the form of Mrs. Newell (May Wallace). She wants to have her son, Oliver (Landis), completely to herself and does everything she can to keep him away from his sweetheart, Penelope Mason (Moore). She believes she's really pulled a coup when she feigns illness and drags him along on a cruise. But Oliver finally rebels and becomes entangled with a married woman, Enid Morton (June Elvidge), who has a very jealous husband (David Torrence). Mrs. Newell is faced with a potential scandal and finally wakes up to what she's done. She turns to Penelope and begs her to intervene. Penelope gives it her best and gets her boyfriend back -- this time with no complaints from his mother.

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con/scam, disease, first-love, marriage, mother, romance, scandal, seduction, sweetheart