Minnie (1923)

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Cecil B. DeMille was busy developing Leatrice Joy into a glamorous star a la Gloria Swanson when she was loaned out to director Marshall Neilan for this romantic comedy. She played the title character of Neilan's film -- a homely, unwanted girl whose father (George Barnum) has invented a "wireless power machine." Minnie realizes that the only way she'll find a lover is to invent one, so she sends herself flowers and gifts from an imaginary sweetheart. A newspaper reporter (Matt Moore) starts investigating Minnie's story, and when her nasty stepsister (Helen Lynch) discovers her ruse she threatens to expose her. Since Minnie has to dig up a lover from somewhere, she decides to claim an unidentified body at the morgue. It turns out to be a dead Chinaman. The reporter is about to complete his story, but in the end he sympathizes with her and falls for her himself. With the help of a plastic surgeon, both Minnie and the reporter are fixed up for a glossy Hollywood-style ending. Neilan was forced to add this artificial tag by DeMille, who threatened to stop the film from being shown unless Leatrice Joy was turned back into the chic star of his own pictures.

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daughter, father, inventor, love, popularity, reporter, romance, uncle