Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1916)

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Previously filmed in England as The Incomparable Bellairs, Agnes and Egerton Castle's romantic novel Sweet Kitty Bellairs(originally The Bath Comedy) served as an early movie vehicle for Mae Murray. Set in 18th-century England, the story concerns a flirtatious debutante who falls in love with a dashing highwayman. Robert Gray co-starred as bandit chieftain Captain O'Hara, while Tom Forman was cast as Lieutenant Varnay, the heroine's erstwhile sweetheart. Though Mae Murray was never much of an actress, she was a fascinating screen presence, and it was her natural charisma that carried the film over its rough spots. Based on the David Belasco stage version of the Castles' novel, Sweet Kitty Bellairs was remade as a musical comedy in 1930.