Greater Claim (1921)

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Alice Lake made a fine comic foil for Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and several other comics at the Keystone studios. In spite of this, she wanted to be a serious actress. Ironically her dramatic work has pretty much been forgotten. This average drama has good performances by Lake and DeWitt Jennings and little else to recommend it. Although he is underage, Richard Everard (Jack Dougherty) runs off and weds chorus girl Mary Smith (Lake). His wealthy father (Jennings), who had forbidden the match, kidnaps his son and has him taken out to sea. He then tries to bribe Mary, and when she turns him down, he has the marriage annulled anyway. Mary is furious and goes back to her career on the stage. Richard finally makes it back to the city, and when he finds Mary in the company of a bunch of theater people they get in an argument and they split up for good. Mary is pregnant, however, and after she has the child, she searches for another line of work. Finally the senior Everard offers to take the little boy if she never comes near him again. Mary reluctantly agrees, but then she turns around and gets a job as her son's nursemaid. When the boy turns three, Everard Sr. has a change of heart and looks for Mary. Another woman tries to claim she is Richard's wife, but Mary puts a halt to the ruse. She reconciles with both Richard and his father.

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adoption, baby, chorus-girl, disappearance, divorce, father, forbidden-love, honeymoon, kidnapping, love-conquers-all, marriage, search, son