The Lure of Luxury (1918)

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This romance came from Elsie Jane Wilson, one of several notable women film directors who worked during the 1910s (starting in the 1920s, and for the next 50 years or so, women film directors would become very much a rarity). As a child, Dale Aldis (Elizabeth Janes) has a short, sweet romance with little John Coventry (George Hupp). But Dale's family is rich and John, a poor boy, lives on an adjoining farm. Dale goes away to receive a convent education and she returns (to be played by Ruth Clifford) after the death of her mother. John has become a farmer (Edward Hearn) with ambitions to become a big vegetable producer. The two of them fall in love all over again, but then Dale's middle-aged guardian, Philip Leswing (Harry Von Meter), arrives. He too falls in love with Dale and he plots to get John out of the way by reminding her that the life of a farmer's wife is drab and unglamorous. Although Dale is accustomed to a certain privileged lifestyle, love wins over luxury, and John wins over Leswing.