The Wanters (1923)

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A young and still inexperienced Norma Shearer was originally cast in the lead role of Myra Hastings in this society drama -- it was her first film for Metro, and Irving Thalberg, vice president and Louis B. Mayer's right hand man, had high hopes for her. But director John M. Stahl didn't see much potential in Shearer and insisted that contract player and former Mack Sennett star Marie Prevost take the role of Myra. Shearer was demoted to a supporting role. The story was trite, so the future MGM star (who eventually married Thalberg) didn't miss much by losing the lead. Myra is the maid in a wealthy home who dreams of the better things in life. One day while she is secretly trying on her mistress's gowns she is discovered by Elliot, the Worthington scion (Robert Ellis). He falls in love with her, but she is fired. The headstrong Elliot marries her and brings her back home, much to his family's chagrin. They promptly snub poor Myra, who runs away. Elliot goes after her and saves her from being hit by a train.

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family-disapproval, forbidden-love, love, marriage, servant, snob, train [locomotive]