Look Your Best (1923)

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Before she was a full-fledged star, Colleen Moore made several films for author/director Rupert Hughes. Although the plot sounds painfully silly, it apparently did very well at the box office. When a chorus girl gains too much weight, Carlo Bruni, the troupe's manager (Antonio Moreno), fires her and hires Perla, a slender Italian girl (Moore), in her place. Bruni falls in love with her but so does Krug, the wire man for the "Butterfly" dance number, in which the girls are suspended in mid-air. Krug takes her out to sumptuous dinners, hoping that she will put on too much weight to perform the act. But Perla soon tires of him and his rich meals, so Krug files the wire so that she falls -- he figures that Bruni will think she weighs too much for the number and fire her. Bruni and Krug get into a fist fight and Bruni winds up in jail for a month. When he gets out, both he and Perla go on a diet and he creates a new dance number for the both of them which is a huge success. In her autobiography, Silent Star, Moore recalls one dance number that wound up on the cutting room floor -- it was supposed to be an underwater ballet in which she wore a skintight outfit with fish scales made of gelatin sequins. The warm water melted the sequins, leaving Moore nearly nude. Since the costume couldn't be duplicated in a more durable manner, Hughes cut the scene out.