Her Gilded Cage (1922)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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This picture was one of several that Sam Wood directed for Gloria Swanson, and its lavishness shows the influence of Cecil B. DeMille -- not long before, Wood had been DeMille's assistant (and Swanson, for that matter, had been his star). Unfortunately, fancy sets and gowns was just about all it had. Its wispy story was founded on the tired cliché of the lover who believes the worst about his girl. Suzanne Ornoff (Swanson) comes to America as a successful actress because her press agent, Bud Walton (Walter Hiers, providing some comedy relief), has made up a notorious past for her. Unfortunately, her sweetheart, American artist Arnold Pell (David Powell) really does believe she was "the favorite of King Fernando," and leaves her. But Suzanne has allowed Walton to make her infamous only so she can make enough money to support her poor uncle and crippled sister, Jacqueline (Anne Cornwall). The estranged couple meet up again and Pell realizes the error of his decision to leave. His brother, Lawrence (Harrison Ford), is a doctor who cures Jacqueline, along with falling in love with her. So the film ends with two happy couples.

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agent [representative], America, anger, brother, cure, dance [art], doctor/nurse, employment, extramarital-affair, handicap, jealousy, king, love, modeling, nightclub, press, publicity, reunion, sister, stars [celebrities], teacher, uncle