New Toys (1925)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Richard Barthelmess and his wife, musical comedy actress Mary Hay, co-produced and co-starred in this comedy-drama. It was based on a play written by Milton Herbert Gropper and Oscar Hammerstein Jr. Clifton Webb makes an amusing appearance as a womanizing impresario -- one of his few screen roles during the silent era. After Will Webb (Barthelmess) sees his fiancée Natalie Woods (Catherine Wilson) off to Europe, he meets actress Mary Lane (Hay). They fall in love, marry, and start a family, but Webb never tells his wife of his former love. So when Natalie returns home and starts trying to renew her relationship with Will it causes a rift between the couple. Tom Lawrence (Webb) convinces Mary to go back on the stage and she does, while Natalie continues to vamp Will. Although Will has refused to see her perform, both he and Natalie wind up at the theater on opening night. Mary, as Queen Elizabeth, is a complete disaster and attempts to play the role for comedy. Will desperately searches for his wife after the performance, and when he locates her, they make up.