Tessie (1925)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Director Dallas M. Fitzgerald made this film independently, and he convinced star May McAvoy to invest in it. According to her account in Speaking of Silents, she lost the whole sum. Nevertheless, this light comedy, based on a novel by Sewell Ford, is entertaining, if a bit slight. Tessie (McAvoy) works the cigar and candy counter at a posh hotel. For some reason, this extremely pretty girl is engaged to unappealing auto mechanic Barney Taylor (comic Lee Moran, who was far too old and too homely for McAvoy). She encourages him to get a job as a salesman, and he sells a car to Mrs. Wells (Myrtle Steadman), a wealthy widow who is staying at the hotel with her son, Roddy (Bobby Agnew), a very passive young man. Taylor also starts a romance with Mrs. Wells, and to exact revenge, Tessie allows Roddy to court her. Mrs. Wells dumps Taylor, who tries to return to Tessie. Roddy, however, has developed a backbone and he gives Taylor a whipping. With the old boyfriend out of the way, Roddy and Tessie elope.

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daughter, immigrant, love, love-triangle, romance, seduction, vamp