Highest Bidder (1921)

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Although he eventually became better known as a villain, especially in horror films, Lionel Atwill occasionally played leading men in silent pictures. Here, he performs opposite Madge Kennedy, who was poorly cast in this Goldwyn society drama. Society miss Sally Raeburn (Kennedy) is left penniless and is helped out by an older woman. The woman makes it clear that to repay her, Sally must marry wealth, so when the very well-heeled Lester (Atwill) comes to her village, Sally goes after him. Lester has been traveling incognito in the hopes that no one will discover him, so when Sally wins him she feels guilty and confesses that she knew who he was all along. Her confession angers Lester, who gets back at her by dressing up a tramp (Vernon Steele) and introducing him as a rich friend who has just returned from the Orient. The tramp, who is called Hastings, proves to be so charming that Lester becomes jealous. Lester finally admits to Sally that he has been a cad, but she accepts Hastings' proposal anyway. Hastings, however, refuses to marry her when he discovers she has no money and Lester uses the opportunity to make up with her.

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con/scam, forbidden-love, jealousy, love, marriage, millionaire, romance, seduction, vacation