The Girl Who Wouldn't Work (1925)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Marriage Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Mary Hale (Marguerite de la Motte) hates her job in a department store, and when wealthy Gordon Kent (Lionel Barrymore) comes around, she flirts with him and is fired. Because she is mad at her fiancé, William Norworth (Forrest Stanley), Mary takes off in Kent's car and she doesn't come home until the early hours. Her father (Henry Walthall) is furious and slaps her, so she leaves home. Kent offers to let her stay in his apartment, while he sleeps at the club. Her brief stay is interrupted by the presence of chorus girl Greta Verlaine, Kent's mistress (Lilyan Tashman). She kicks Mary out. Hale shows up looking for his daughter, and mistakenly shoots and kills Greta. To keep Mary away from scandal, Kent confesses to the crime, but Hale finally comes forth and admits he killed Greta. Kent spends his fortune to defend Hale, who is finally freed after three jury disagreements. The now penniless Kent settles down, weds Mary, and starts life again as a working man.

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escapades, apartment, employer/employee, family, flirtation, mistress, playboy, unemployment