Headlines (1925)

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Lovely Alice Joyce was a bit young to play the mother of an 18-year-old daughter, but she did it anyway in this drama (and it's to her credit that she was willing to play an older woman when most actresses preferred to portray sweet young things well into middle age). Phyllis Dale (Joyce) writes for a newspaper and has not revealed to her co-workers that she has a grown daughter. When the girl, Bobby (Virginia Lee Corbin), is expelled from school, she comes home and pretends to be Phyllis' sister. Phyllis, however, admits the truth to her beau, Lawrence Emmett (Malcolm McGregor). Emmett sets out to curb Bobby's wild ways, and she decides she has fallen for him -- nevermind that she already has two other suitors, Roger Hillman, the nice city editor (Elliott Nugent), and Donald Austen, a married philanderer (Harry T. Morey). Austen winds up being trouble for Bobby -- his wife, Stella (Ruby Blaine), is seeking grounds for divorce and wants to catch him being unfaithful. Phyllis gets involved, and to save her daughter, she claims to be the one having the affair. Emmett is hurt by this revelation, and Bobby finally realizes the error of her ways. Hillman helps Emmett and Phyllis reconcile. Bobby, meanwhile, decides that Hillman is the man for her.