Our Mrs. McChesney (1918)

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Adapted from a series of short stories by Edna Ferber, Our Mrs. McChesney was transformed into a stage vehicle for Ethel Barrymore. When time came to transfer the property to film, Barrymore went along for the ride -- and a swell ride it was. The star plays department store buyer Emma McChesney, who impresses her boss T. A. Buck (Huntley Gordon) by designing a bold new line of women's clothing. She uses her newfound influence to find a job at the store for her irresponsible son Jack (Wilfred Lytell) and also arranges a finishing-school education for Jack's chorus-girl sweetie Veva Sherwood (Lucille Lee Stewart). Emma's "Lady Bountiful" behavior nearly backfires when Jack is falsely accused of embezzling funds from the department store. Once this problem has been settled, cute little Veva pulls Mrs. McChesney's coals out of the fire by modelling the lady's newest dress designs at an important trade presentation. Emma's fashion show is a huge financial success, enabling her to marry her boss in a double ceremony with Jack and Veva.

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business, chorus-girl, collapse, couple, department-store, design, dress, finishing-school, modeling, show, son, store, success