The Marriage of William Ashe (1921)

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Although this picture was adapted from the novel by Mrs. Humphrey Ward, it was rewritten to emphasize the character of Lady Kitty Bristol -- May Allison's role. Lady Kitty is a frivolous young woman who leaves her convent school for London society. She is courted by two men, the radical writer Geoffrey Cliffe (Frank Elliott) and William Ashe (Wyndham Standing), the Secretary of Home Affairs . She chooses Ashe, which infuriates his cousin, Lady Mary Lyster (Clarissa Selwynne), who hoped to marry him. While honeymooning, Kitty draws some hilarious cartoons of the stuffy Prime Minister, Lord Parham (Robert Boulder), and his bossy wife (Lydia Yeamans Titus). Cliffe later convinces her it would help her husband's career if she published these drawings, and when she is slighted by Lady Parham, she's more than happy to do so. She also decides to create a stir in stiff British society by showing up at a charity ball as Lady Godiva. To keep her out of trouble, her husband sends her to Venice, and then he gets a copy of the book. He goes to her and explains that this book will ruin him politically, and he has already resigned his post. As a result, Kitty vanishes. Ashe believes that Kitty is still seeing Cliffe and he rushes over to his apartments. But it isn't Kitty who is there -- it's Lady Mary Lyster. Kitty has returned to the convent. Ashe follows her there for a reconciliation.

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politics, aristocracy, forbidden-love, Parliament, scandal, society