The Manicure Girl (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Maria Maretti (Bebe Daniels) works as a manicurist at a posh hotel. She is in love with Tony Luca (Edmund Burns), and they are saving up to buy a home and get married, but Maria isn't blind to what is going on around her. She watches the other girls take money and favors from their wealthy men patrons and wishes that she could have some of what they're getting. One of the hotel's guests, James Morgan (Hale Hamilton), takes a liking to her. He sends her flowers and ten dollars for theater tickets (a good sum for theater tickets in 1925) because she is reluctant to accept his invitation. Instead, Tony takes her to the theater, where they sit in the gallery, and on the way home he's too cheap to grab a taxi in the rain. While he is off chasing his hat, which has blown away in the wind, Morgan sees Maria and offers to take her home. She accepts and they stop at a supper club on the way. Maria shows up late and has a fierce argument with Tony. She turns to Morgan, but is shocked to realize he is married. She brings him and his wife (Charlotte Walker) back together, and she and Tony reconcile.

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estrangement, family-reunion, love, manicurist, reunion, sweetheart