Social Briars (1918)

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Although he was no great fan of Mary Miles Minter, director Edward Sloman never failed to coax a convincing performance out of the beautiful but limited actress in such films as Social Briars. In this one, Minter plays a church chorister who heads to New York in hopes of becoming an operetta star. Though she achieves fame and fortune, our heroine is less lucky in the romance department, and after one unpleasant experience with a drunken socialite she heads back to her hometown in tears. Fortunately, the would-be Romeo is basically a nice guy, and after humbling himself by taking a menial job, he finally wins Minter's heart. Social Briars was filmed under the title The Church Window Angel; some sources erroneously attribute the direction to Henry King.