Her Fatal Millions (1923)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors, Romantic Comedy  |  
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This light comedy suited Viola Dana quite well. She plays Mary Bishop, a small town girl whose sweetheart, Fred Garrison (Huntley Gordon), goes to New York to make good. While he is away, Mary goes to work as a clerk in a jewelry store. In a city newspaper, she reads that a Fred Garrison has wed a society girl, so she writes him off -- until she gets a telegram from Garrison, asking her to meet his private railroad car at the station. Mary wants to make a grand show of how well she has done without him, so she borrows jewelry, fancy clothes, and a chauffeur and pretends to be the wife of the town's richest citizen, Amos Bishop (Edward Connelly). This, of course, leads to all sorts of trouble, which begins in earnest when her borrowed car gets in an accident and she's taken, unconscious, to the home of her supposed spouse. She's forced to escape in oversized men's clothes that make her resemble Charles Chaplin. After various scrapes and difficulties, Mary finally discovers that it was a different Fred Garrison who married into society, and her own sweetheart proposes to her. Edward Connelly was a character actor famed for his dignified demeanor, which made many of the picture's wild antics seem twice as funny.

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chauffeur, jeweler, misunderstanding, small-town, sweetheart