The Wall Flower (1922)

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Writer Rupert Hughes chose this predictable story as his first directorial effort, but he brings it fresh life with the help of Colleen Moore (who, at the time, was a rising star, not yet the icon for a generation of flappers). Moore plays Idalene Nobbin, the classic ugly duckling, both homely and gauche. Attending a dance thrown by the popular Prue Nickerson (Laura LaPlante) only adds to her woes. Two boys she meets there -- Phin Larrabee (Rush Hughes) and Roy Duncan (Tom Gallery) -- make her an object of ridicule. Finally, at the Junior Prom, her humiliation is so great that she runs out of the building, right in the path of an oncoming car. Idalene is not killed, but both her legs are broken. A good-hearted pair -- young society girl Pamela Shiel (Gertrude Astor) and her pal, Walt Breen (Richard Dix) -- pick her up, and while she is recuperating, teach her how to be stylish and beautiful. It works, and Breen falls in love with the lovely girl who has emerged from her shell.

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beauty [physical], charm [personality], dance [art], dress, group, handsome, health, makeup, socialite, suicide, teacher