She Loves and Lies (1920)

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Norma Talmadge plays a character with multiple identities in this light comedy. Marie Callender (Talmadge) becomes the heiress of a sizable estate providing that she find a husband. But she's too shy to approach the man she loves, Ernest Lismore (Conway Tearle), so she disguises herself as a wealthy old woman. Lismore is nearly bankrupt, and the "elderly lady" offers to marry him to help put him back on his feet. She also says that if he falls in love, he is welcome to divorce her. So they are wed, after which Marie secretly doffs her gray wig and becomes the young, delectable June Dayne. Lismore, of course, falls in love with her, but he is too honorable to ask his elderly mate for a divorce. Finally, Marie has to let him in on her trick and explain that he has fallen in love with the woman he married.

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actor, bachelorette, dishonesty, estate, fire, fortune [wealth], identity, love, love-conquers-all, marriage, millionaire, rescue, submission, vamp