Nice People (1922)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although director Cecil B. DeMille was known for his Biblical spectaculars and florid comedy-dramas about domestic relations, it was his older brother William C. DeMille who had taste and class. His pictures were smaller and more intimate, and they were also often more sophisticated. This picture, based on the stage play by Rachel Crothers, was very well cast, and while Wallace Reid gets top billing, he really has very little to do. Bebe Daniels is clearly the star. Jazz baby Teddy Glouster (Daniels) infuriates her father (Edward Martindel) with her wild ways, so she goes to stay at the family's country home. This does not slow her down one bit, and her entanglement with alcoholic fortune hunter Scotty Wilbur (the very hard-to-resist Conrad Nagel) gets her in a lot of trouble. One night he tries to force himself on her, and she is saved only by the sudden appearance of a stranger, who puts a halt to the assault. Since both men wind up staying the night, it causes a scandal. Mr. Glouster, however, forgives his daughter, and after she promises to settle down and lead a quiet life, the stranger, ex-soldier Billy Wade (Wallace Reid), agrees to marry her.

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boy, father, flapper, honor [recognition], old-fashioned, wife