The Near Lady (1923)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This comedy-drama starring Gladys Walton used the stale premise of the suddenly-wealthy working class family who are trying to move into society. Nora Schultz (Walton) is a manicurist in a Greek barber shop run by Standuppolus Kornpoppulus (Harry Mann). Her father, Herman (Otis Harlan), is a butcher who invents a sausage machine that makes the family rich overnight. The Van Bibbers (Emmett King and Henrietta Floyd) are a prominent family with financial troubles. They meet up with Schultz and his wife (the always-dependable character comedienne, Kate Price), and decide that Nora should be engaged to their son, Basil (Jerry Gendron). The young couple agree to the plan only for their parents' sake. Much to their surprise (but not the audience's), they fall in love. They try to hide their growing affection for each other, and Basil fakes being drunk in an attempt to get Nora to break the engagement. But eventually they confess their love and marry.

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benefit [event], business, family, father, inventor, lady, machine, parent