The Gilded Lily (1921)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A well-cast Mae Murray gets to show off some of her famous dance steps in this picture. The beautiful Lillian Drake (Murray) is a hostess at the Cafe Royal, a private New York club. She is constantly surrounded by adoring men who she uses mercilessly, among them Creighton Howard (Lowell Sherman) and John Stewart (Charles Gerard). But when country boy Frank Thompson (stage actor Jason Robards, Sr., in his screen debut) decides to have a fling with Broadway, Lily falls hard for him. Although Howard tries to tell her that Thompson is just using her and already has a sweetheart back home, she won't listen. She quits her hostess job and turns her apartment into the kind of homey place she imagines would suit a country boy. But Thompson finally shows his true colors when he drunkenly asserts that he wants her the way she was. So Lily, her hopes dashed, returns to the club. But all is not lost, because Howard gently takes her home to meet his mother and offers her an honest proposal. The film's director was Murray's husband and frequent collaborator, Robert Z. Leonard.

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cafe, collapse, country-boy, dance [art], host, playboy, rescue, show, society, wife