Paying the Piper (1921)

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This drama, written by Ouida Bergere, made the rather unoriginal observation that money did not buy happiness. Larry Grahame (Rod LaRocque) marries Barbara Wyndham (Dorothy Dickson) only because he knows that his father, who wants to align forces with the Wyndham fortunes, will give him a million dollars for the match. Larry callously leaves his chorus girl girlfriend, Marcia Marillo (Alma Tell), to go ahead with the wedding. Barbara, meanwhile, toys with the heart of Keith Larne (Reginald Denny), a young architect. Eventually Larne gets wise to her and marries Marcia. When Larry and Barbara's fathers lose their fortunes in the stock market, they find themselves penniless and friendless. Larne gives Larry a job, but Barbara is not happy with their reduced circumstances. She tries being an actress and is shocked that her formal social standing means nothing in the theatrical world. She becomes involved with a man and is dining with him when his wife shows up. She shoots her philandering husband dead and locks Barbara in a room to suffer the consequences. Barbara just barely manages to escape. Now that she's learned her lesson, she and Larry look toward a better, more honest future.

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architecture, daughter, escape, friendship, jealousy, marriage, socialite, stars [celebrities]