Marriage Maker (1923)

Sub-Genres - Romantic Fantasy  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This fantasy tale was based on the stage play The Faun by Edward Knoblock, which starred William Faversham on Broadway. Without its lively dialogue, however, it didn't translate very well, even though William C. DeMille directed it with his usual warmth and humor. Lord Stonebury (Jack Holt) is engaged to wed Vivian Hope-Clarke (Mary Astor), who comes from a wealthy family. But Stonebury is buried in debts and he knows he will only be marrying Vivian for her money. He sinks into a deep depression and is about to kill himself but a faun, Sylvani (Charles de Roche), decides to help him out. Sylvani knows that Stonebury really loves Alexandra Vancy (Agnes Ayers), who is as poor as he is. So the faun orchestrates events to bring the couple together, while matching Vivian up with her true love, who is Stonebury's brother. His mission accomplished, Sylvani finds life among humans too disagreeable, so he returns back to nature.

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aristocracy, poverty, prediction, suicide, suicide-attempt