The Wild Goose Chase (1915)

Genres - Comedy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The grandfather of Betty Wright (Ina Claire) is willing to give her a substantial amount of money if she marries the son of a friend. But she wants no part of an arranged marriage with someone she's never met, so she changes her name and runs away with a theater troupe. There she meets Bob Randall (Tom Forman), who is also going under an assumed name, and is the son of the grandfather's friend -- he has also run away, for the same reasons as Betty. Predictably, the pair fall in love. The troupe is stranded and its members thrown in jail for failing to pay their board. Betty's mother (Helen Marlborough) comes to rescue the girl, and pays to get the whole troupe out of the clink. It's only then that Betty and Bob discover each other's true identities, and they tell their families that a marriage is now acceptable to them. This was stage actress Ina Claire's screen debut. It was based on a play by William C. DeMille (older brother of director Cecil B. DeMille), and he also wrote the scenario.

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love, marriage-arranged, romance, runaway [from home], stage