Lily of the Dust (1924)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Silent star Pola Negri and director Dmitri Buchowetzki had worked together in Europe, and Negri's American studio, Paramount, sent for Buchowetzki to direct her again. Like their prior Paramount picture, Men, this drama carries a Continental flavor. After her mother goes insane, Lily Czepanek (Negri) goes to work in a bookstore. A young lieutenant, Richard Von Prell (Ben Lyon), falls in love with her. But his superior, Colonel Von Mertzbah (Noah Beery, who nearly steals the film), decides he wants her too. Von Mertzbah gets his chance when Von Prell has temporarily disappointed Lily. After she weds the colonel, Lily renews her relationship with Von Prell, and Von Mertzbah catches them together. He seriously wounds Von Prell in a duel and throws Lily out of the house. When she doesn't hear from Von Prell, Lily becomes the mistress of Karl Dehnecke (Raymond Griffith), a wealthy roué. Von Prell finally comes back with his uncle, Walter Von Prell (William J. Kelly), in tow. Lily has to act unsophisticated and innocent so the uncle will give the union his approval, but Dehnecke ruins her pose by showing up with a group of drunken friends and denouncing her. The uncle refuses to let Von Prell have anything to do with her and her romance is destroyed. But all is not lost for Lily -- a remorseful Dehnecke proposes to her and she accepts.

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