Tarnish (1924)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Producer Samuel Goldwyn bought the stage play by Gilbert Emery as a vehicle for his new star, Ronald Colman. All his life, Adolf Tevis (Albert Gran, reprising his stage role) has been a ladies' man. He went through his wife's fortune, spending much of it on other women, and, as a result, his daughter, Letitia (May McAvoy), now has to go to work. This isn't such a bad thing, since she falls in love with her handsome employer, Emmett Carr (Colman). Carr, however, has a womanizing past of his own, which includes an involvement with manicurist Nettie Dark (Marie Prevost). Letitia doesn't realize this -- all she knows is that Nettie's wicked ways include fleecing Tevis out of five hundred dollars, and she goes to the girl's home to get the money back. But Nettie has tricked Carr into coming over, and when Letitia finds him there, she believes the worst. Their relationship is nearly destroyed, but an angry Carr drags Nettie over to the Tevis home to explain everything. Letitia accepts the explanation and the couple reconcile.

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con/scam, daughter, father, manicurist