Golden Bed (1925)

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This was Cecil B. De Mille's last film for Paramount (at least for a few years). Irene Rich plays Flora Lee Peake, a cool beauty who, like Lorelei, lures men to death and destruction. Flora Lee weds the Marquis De San Pilar (Theodore Kosloff) and saves the old homestead. The Marquis finds her with the Duc de Savarac (Robert Cain), and the two men fight it out on a cliff. Both fall to their deaths, and Flora Lee returns to the States. Her childhood friend, Admah Holtz (Rod La Rocque), has become wealthy through his candy firm and, even though her sister, Margaret (Vera Reynolds), loves him, Flora Lee snares him. Her extravagance ruins Holtz and he goes to jail for embezzlement. Margaret buys his old candy store and gets it going once again. Flora Lee, meanwhile, runs off with Bunny O'Neill (Warner Baxter), who eventually casts her off. Her life and her beauty destroyed, she returns to the family homestead, which is now a boarding house, and crawls into her crumbling golden bed, an overly elaborate symbol of her former days. Holtz is released from jail and finds her there just before she dies. The ever-faithful Margaret is waiting for him, and they marry.

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death, fight, finances, happiness, imprisonment, love-triangle, marriage, marriage-of-convenience, murder, sister, widow/widower