The Daughter Pays (1920)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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Elaine Hammerstein stars in this soap opera-like drama. Mrs. Mynor (Theresa Maxwell) encourages her daughter Virginia (Hammerstein) to become involved with Osber Gault (Norman Trevor), even though he is old enough to be her father. Virginia realizes that her mother's motives are selfish, but she marries Gault anyway, not only to help her financially, but also to help out her crippled sister. Only after the wedding does Virginia find out that Gault himself had ulterior motives -- he was slighted by Mrs. Mynor when they were both young, and now he plans to take it all out on her daughter. Virginia becomes a victim of his cruel treatment, and even though she tries to make the best of it, she has a nervous breakdown. After observing his young wife's bravery, Gault begins to regret his actions and decides to make it up to her. He also calls in a specialist to operate on the sister. Virginia goes to the seaside to recover from her breakdown and she meets a newly rich young man. He befriends her, but secretly plans to compromise her. Virginia's behavior, however, is so above reproach that she manages to get away unscathed. She returns to Gault, who is expecting the worst, but she wants nothing more than to be with him, so they are reconciled.

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daughter, encounter, handicap, hope, husband, jilted, love, lover, man, May-December-romance, mother, poverty, return, revenge, scholarship, widow/widower