The Dust Flower (1922)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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This rags-to-riches fairy tale came from the Goldwyn studios. Letty Gravely (Helene Chadwick) is at the mercy of her brutal stepfather because she has no one else in the world. She decides to end it all by jumping into the lake, but she is rescued by the wealthy Rashley Allerton (James Rennie). Allerton has just been jilted by his society sweetheart, Barbara Wallbrook (Mona Kingsley), and he has sworn to wed the first girl he meets. Letty accepts his marriage proposal and does everything she can to make her new husband happy. Barbara, however, has come to regret her rash decision and she asks Allerton to pay off Letty and send her away. He tries, but he discovers that Letty treasures their partnership above mere money. Barbara then goes to Letty herself and convinces her that Allerton would be better off without her. Letty returns to her stepfather, who forces her to work as a cigarette girl in a sleazy cafe. Allerton desperately searches for his wife, who he has come to love. Finally they are reunited, and he brings her back home.

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fiancee, forbidden-love, marriage, poverty, rags-to-riches, rejection, suicide