Paddy, the Next Best Thing (1923)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This lightweight comedy-drama is based on the stage play by Gertrude Page. Because her father (Sir Simeon Stuart) really wanted a boy, Paddy Adair (Mae Marsh in a blonde wig) becomes a hoydenish tomboy. Jack O'Hara (George K. Arthur) is in love with Paddy's sister Eileen (Lillian Douglas), but Eileen loves Lawrence Blake (Darby Foster). Blake, meanwhile, loves Paddy. This tangled mass of misplaced affections begins to unravel when General Adair dies. O'Hara travels to South America to make his fortune, and Paddy travels from her home in Ireland to London. Blake follows after her, and eventually she comes to love him. O'Hara returns home, and Paddy goes home to see him. But while wandering off by herself she gets lost in a dense fog and is rescued by Blake. The story was changed around a bit and filmed as a musical in 1933 for Janet Gaynor.

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Britain, danger, desire, drowning, fortune [wealth], gentleman, handsome, lost, love, millionaire, rescue, sister