Lavender and Old Lace (1921)

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This simple tearjerker, based on the novel by Myrtle Reed, was very much of its era. Mary Ainslie (Marguerite Snow) has a romance with Jimmy Ball, a sea captain (James Corrigan). He leaves and she promises to be true to him until his return. She holds to this for the next thirty years as life passes her by. Other women in the little New England Village where she lives acquire beaus and get married, including Mary's lifelong friend, Jane Hathaway (Lillian Elliott). After Mary has turned into a gray-haired old lady, still faithful, she's visited by Jane's niece, Ruth Thorne (Seena Owen). She is engaged to a young writer, Carl Winfield (Louis Bennison), and Mary invites him to her home. She discovers that Carl's father, who died when he was five, was Jimmy Ball. Realizing, several decades too late, that she's been jilted, Mary dies of a broken heart. Gray-haired old ladies in their early fifties just don't exist now like they apparently did in the 20s! If Mary were alive today, she probably would have picked herself up (if she had bothered waiting at all), gone to the mall and bought a few new outfits, then gone out with her divorced friends in search of someone new.

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anchorperson, captain [military], death, elderly, friendship, home, lady, lookalike, love, patient [medical], return, son, sweetheart