Paradise for Two (1927)

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It's a shame that so many of the silent directorial efforts of the innovational Gregory La Cava no longer exist. LaCava's Paradise for Two certainly sounds interesting, and any film combining the talents of Richard Dix and Betty Bronson can't have been too shabby. In addition, the witty subtitles were provided by renowned New York-wit Robert Benchley, representing one of his first forays into moviemaking. The story concerns a bachelor named Steve Porter (Richard Dix) who must be married within two days to collect his family fortune. Not wishing to tie the matrimonial knot just yet, Steve hires budding actress Sally Lane (Betty Bronson) to pose as his wife. The plot is predictable in the extreme, but surely LaCava and Benchley imbued the story with a clever surprise or two.

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bachelor, impersonation, inheritance, stipulation