Other Women's Clothes (1922)

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Although filmmaker Hugo Ballin had starred his wife, Mabel Ballin, in more notable material (the year before she appeared in Jane Eyre, the next year she would play Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair), this drama -- adapted from The Luxury Tax by Ethel Donoher -- certainly lacked nothing in production values. Aspiring performer Jacqueline Lee (Mabel Ballin) goes to work as a model in a modiste's shop. She meets millionaire Barker Garrison (Raymond Bloomer) when she tries on a customer's gown. Garrison is told she is broke, so he secretly gives her a large sum of money, making it appear that she received it from a woman benefactor. When Jacqueline discovers the real source of the money, she's scandalized and leaves town. While she successfully pursues her stage career, Garrison searches for her over two continents. When he finally locates her, he begs her forgiveness and swears his undying love, which she accepts.

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deception, department-store, impersonation, inheritance, love, mannequin, nephew, reunion