Good References (1920)

Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Constance Talmadge's partners-in-comedy -- the writing team of Anita Loos and John Emerson -- were sorely missed in this anemic picture. Mary Wayne (Talmadge) can't get a job because she lacks references. But she finally lands a position when her friend Nell Norcross (the amusingly-named Mona Liza) is too sick to take the social secretary position she has won. Mary goes in her place and discovers that Nell was hired by Caroline Marshall (Nellie P. Spaulding) to introduce her nephew Bill (Vincent Coleman) into society. The problem is Bill doesn't want to have anything to do with society -- he prefers prize fights and card games. It's already a given that Mary and Bill will end the film as a couple, but before that can happen, the aunt takes them, and a pal of Bill's, on a cruise. Bill catches his friend and Mary swimming together and leaves them behind. Mary decides to quit her job and go back to her boarding house, and it isn't long before Bill follows after her.

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