Marionettes (1918)

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The original stage production of Pierre Wolff's comedy Marionettes had starred the magnificent Alla Nazimova, but by the time the property reached the silver screen, its leading lady was the more bankable Clara Kimball Young. Deeply in debt, French aristocrat Roger de Monclare (Nigel Barrie) will be cut off without a penny unless he accedes to his mother's wishes and marries Fernande (Young), a professor's daughter. He promptly weds the mousy Fernande and almost immediately begins neglecting her in favor of the more alluring Madame de Jussy (Florence Atkinson). Fernande resigns herself to her fate until she watches a marionette show, the "moral" of which is that you can't attract a man unless you wear fancy clothing. Accordingly, she makes herself over into a dazzling fashion plate and soon is surrounded by lovestruck suitors. His jealousy aroused, Roger rushes back to his wife, only to find that he now has to wait in line. Having taught her hubby a lesson, Fernande drops her "clothes horse" pose and welcomes Roger back into her arms.