Poisoned Paradise: The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo (1924)

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This mediocre romantic drama was vastly improved by the presence of a certain WAMPAS Baby Star (a popularity award given by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers) named Clara Bow. After her foster mother wins at Monte Carlo, Margot LeBlanc (Bow) decides to try her hand at gambling. But she loses all her money and, starving, resorts to picking the pocket of artist Hugh Kildair (Kenneth Harlan). Kildair catches her, but when he hears her sad story he offers to hire her as his housekeeper. She accepts. Professor Durand (Josef Swickard) comes to Monte Carlo with a mathematical system to break the bank; he wants to get revenge on the casino he believes to have caused the death of his only son. After winning several times, Durand divulges his system to Kildair. Unfortunately, a gang of crooks become determined to get this secret, and they threaten to torture Margot if Kilair doesn't reveal the formula. The police arrive just in time and arrest the gang. After this trying set of circumstances, Margot and Kildair realize they love each other. This picture was based on a novel by Robert W. Service.