Tea With A Kick (1923)

Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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This light comedy featured an "all-star cast" that really did contain some of the better also-rans of the silent era. Doris May stars as Bonnie Day, a rambunctious young lady who is rankled when she is expelled from college for serving tea in her room. She goes on to open up a tearoom in a fancy hotel, saving all the profits to pay the legal fees for her father (Ralph Lewis), who has been unjustly jailed. Mr. Day's rival has embroiled him in a crooked stock deal and made him appear to be the guilty party. Meanwhile, Bonnie is in the midst of a romantic dilemma; her Aunt Pearl (Rosemary Theby) wants her to wed Napoleon Dobbings (Stuart Holmes), but Bonnie much prefers helpful young lawyer Art Binger (Creighton Hale). After being thrown over, Dobbings tries to ruin Bonnie's business by informing the Purity League that she is putting liquor in her tea. The League members, who have names like Kitty Wiggle (Dale Fuller) and Mrs. Bump (Spike Rankin), are naturally horrified. But Bonnie outwits Dobbings by putting on a special show called "Tea - With a Kick." Bonnie's father is released, and Bonnie gets to marry her handsome attorney.

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aunt, con/scam, daughter, frame-up, honor [recognition], imprisonment, lawyer, marriage-arranged, nightclub