Delicious Little Devil (1919)

Run Time - 54 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although a bit slow to get off the ground, this witty film shows what star Mae Murray and her director husband, Robert Z. Leonard, could do with a good concept. Mae plays Mary McGuire, a girl of extremely modest means. She's a coat-check girl, but gets fired from her job for dancing around in a customer's expensive coat (Murray, an ex-Follies girl, always favored an opportunity to strut her stuff). A road house just outside of town is looking for a hostess with "experience," and the innocent Mary bluffs her way into the job by claiming to be Gloria du Monde, a European dancer who had had an affair with the Duke de Sauterne. Coincidentally, the Duke (Bertram Grassby) actually comes into the cafe and, amused by the ruse, decides to pursue her. But Mary has gotten involved with Jimmie Calhoun (Rudolph Valentino, in an early, non-Latin role), who realizes she is really a nice girl. But that is thrown into doubt by the attitude of the Duke. Mary finds herself having to prove her virtuousness when up until then, she has been pretending to be a wanton woman.