Naughty But Nice (1927)

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Naughty But Nice was based on The Bigamists, a story by Lewis Alen Brown. Gawky country girl Berenice Summers (Colleen Moore) is catapulted head-first into High Society when her Uncle Seth (Burr McIntosh) strikes oil. Shipped off to a fancy boarding school, Berenice suffers at the hands of her snooty classmates, but the last straw comes when she's publicly humiliated by local wise-guy Paul Carroll (Donald Reed). Attending her first formal dance, the now-beautified Berenice crosses Paul's path again. He is smitten by this duckling-turned-swan, but now she wants to have nothing to do with him -- or at least that's what she claims. So what does this all have to do with bigamists? Well, it seems that Berenice is a chronic liar, and somewhere along the line she claims to be married to two different men at once, leading to trouble aplenty for her ersatz husbands and nearly losing her the affections of Paul, with whom she's fallen in love.

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country-girl, culture-clash, humiliation, injustice, liar, love, revenge, romance, ugly-duckling