Secretary of Frivolous Affairs (1915)

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The title to this picture makes it sound like a Monty Python offering, but in reality it's just a standard silent comedy. When Loulie, a rich girl (May Allison) suddenly loses her fortune, she is forced to become the social secretary to a Mrs. Hazard (Lillian Gonzales). Her main duty is to play matchmaker for Mrs. Hazard's grown children, Hap (Harold Lockwood and Laura (Carol Holloway). Loulie is successful in steering Hap's attentions away from the unsuitable Natalie (Josephine Ditt), but getting rid of Laura's suitor, Winthrop (William Ehfe), is a bit stickier. Some valuable paintings are stolen, and Winthrop is the main suspect. But it turns out the real thieves are the Duc de Trouville (Carl Von Schiller) and house guest Mrs. Cutler. Winthrop is returned to favor, Loulie wins Hap, and all turns out well. This film was based on the novel by May Futrelle.

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