Playthings of Desire (1924)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Melodrama  |  
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Estelle Taylor was at the peak of her career when she made this drama -- her role in The Ten Commandments a year earlier had put her in the public eye, and her romance with boxing champ Jack Dempsey (along with their subsequent marriage) made her a prominent face in the newspapers and fan magazines. Taylor plays Gloria Dawn, who weds James Malvern (Lawford Davidson), a wealthy philanderer who doesn't let his marriage interfere with his love affairs. The couple honeymoons in the Canadian wilds, and Pierre duCharme (Mahlon Hamilton), the caretaker of Malvern's estate, falls in love with Gloria. He rescues her when her canoe is about to go over the falls. Back in town, Malvern lures Anne Cabot (Mary Thurman), the governor's sister, to his home. As a result of his involvement with Anne, Malvern is murdered, but circumstances point to duCharme as the killer. He is sentenced to death, but Gloria tracks down the real killer, and tells the governor (Edmund Breese) about his sister's involvement in Malvern's life.

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accusation, actor, execution, extramarital-affair, false-accusation, honeymoon, investigator, killing, marriage, murder, playboy, romance, stars [celebrities]