Romantic Adventuress (1920)

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Dorothy Dalton gets a chance to show off her dancing skills and little else in this routine Paramount programmer. An ambitious opera singer (Augusta Anderson) leaves her husband, Professor Vanni (Howard Lang), and her little girl to pursue her career in New York. Vanni stays in New Orleans where he teaches dance and raises his daughter, Alice (Dalton). He dies when she turns 18 and, since she has nowhere else to go, she heads for New York and her mother, now known as Mrs. Martyn. Because Alice's father has taught her how to dance, Mrs. Martyn and her friend, Louis Fitch (Ivo Dawson), put the girl into a new production and she is a hit. A few years later, Alice is in Monte Carlo, and Fitch and her mother are trying to find her a rich husband. A wealthy Italian attempts to woo her. Fitch knows that he is already married, so he tries to blackmail him. Captain Maxwell (Charles Meredith) is introduced to Mrs. Martyn as a very wealthy gentleman, so he is encouraged to become involved with Alice. The Italian reveals to Maxwell that Fitch and Alice's mother are schemers. When Alice learns the truth about her mother, she turns her back on her, and she and Maxwell become engaged.

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abandonment, blackmail, mother, stars [celebrities]