Saving the Family Name (1916)

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When a young man from a socially prominent family commits suicide over his love affair with chorus girl Estelle Ryan (Mary MacLaren), the newspapers pick up the story. Estelle finds herself a star overnight because of the publicity, and soon another society man, Jansen Winthrop (Jack Holt), falls in love with her. His mother (Gerard Alexander) is determined that he will marry someone of his own class and asks her brother Robert (Phillips Smalley, who also directed with his wife Lois Weber) to take care of the matter. Robert kidnaps Estelle and hides her on an island. Jansen starts to believe she is faithless, while Robert discovers that she really is a nice girl and not the sleazy vamp his family assumed her to be. Robert sends for Jansen so that he and Estelle can be reunited. But Estelle now prefers Robert, who believes in her, to Jansen, who doubted her.

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bachelor, brother, chorus-girl, couple, dance [art], family, kidnapping, lodge, love, millionaire, publicity, socialite, son, stars [celebrities], suicide, tabloid