Set Free (1919)

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Roma (Edith Roberts) is a girl with too much energy and time on her hands. She becomes bored living with her staid aunt Henrietta (Blanche Gray) and decides to dress up as a Gypsy and head for the open road. Somehow, this open road lands her in New York, where she is promptly arrested because she is suspected of being a pickpocket. But an old lady, Mrs. Roberts (Molly McConnell), has taken pity on her, and takes her home. There, Roma meets Mrs. Roberts' son John (Harry Hilliard), and a romantic spark lights between them. However, Roma finds the Roberts as dull as her aunt, so she refuses to marry John. But John, understanding the problem, confides to Roma that he, too, leads a double life. Then he hires a group of thugs to play gypsies and plants them in an old house. He takes Roma there -- and they are raided by the police because the thugs had recently robbed a bank. John manages to extricate himself from this bit of trouble, and Roma decides he is the man for her after all. Since it turns out that Mrs. Roberts and Aunt Henrietta are friends, both families give their blessings. This comedy was a miss for director Tod Browning and star Edith Roberts, primarily because of the gross overacting of Roberts.