Lovetime (1921)

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Shirley Mason generally starred in trite little romances, and this one is basically no different than any dozen other Fox programmers featuring her. Marie Gautier (Mason) is a French peasant who lives with her parents on land belonging to the Marchioness de Sivry (Mathilde Brundage). One day, the Marioness' son, Arthur (Raymond McKee), is painting a landscape when he spies Marie. He is immediately taken with her, and claims to be a struggling artist named Andre Broque, so as not to intimidate her with his title. Arthur's uncle, Count de Beaudine (Wilson Hummell), lusts after Marie and won't leave her alone. Finally, the village priest, Father Lesurges (Charles A. Smiley), suggests that she go to Paris. Marie, who is a talented singer and dancer, joins a troupe of entertainers and Arthur gives her the key to his apartment in Paris so she has a place to stay. The count finds out where she is living and believes she is having an affair with his nephew. When her parents find out about her living arrangements, they believe the same thing. Marie faces disgrace, but Arthur proves he really loves her by making her his wife.

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artist, dance [art], forbidden-love, landlord, love, marriage, marriage-arranged, peasant, poverty, priest, romance