Mademoiselle Modiste (1926)

Run Time - 63 min.  |  
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Mademoiselle Modiste is based on the Victor Herbert-Henry Blossom operetta of the same name -- minus the music, of course. The incredibly gorgeous Corinne Griffith stars as Fifi, a personable salesgirl in a fancy Parisian dress shop. Impressed by Fifi's business skills, wealthy American tourist Hiram Bent (Willard Louis) offers to buy the shop and install the girl as the manager. No, he doesn't want to put the moves on our heroine -- he simply wants to set up a moneymaking business that will recoup the cost of his expensive vacation. Fancying himself a hot-shot promoter, Hiram decides to attract potential backers by promoting "Mademoiselle Modiste" (actually Fifi) as a woman of mystery, refusing to introduce her to the backers until the shop is opened. All of this is quite confusing to Fifi's sweetheart Etienne, who is certain that the girl has become a high-priced prostitute -- an assumption seemingly confirmed when Fifi is discovered in a state of undress in Mr. Bent's hotel room. Mademoiselle Modiste was remade in 1931 as Kiss Me Again with Bernice Claire and Walter Pidgeon.

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business, business-financing, misunderstanding, sweetheart, tourist