Thirty a Week (1918)

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Dan Murray (Tom Moore) and Barbara Wright (a very young Tallulah Bankhead) are in love -- the only problem is her family is wealthy and he's their chauffeur. On top of that, Dan's a gentleman, so he keeps an honorable distance away from Barbara. But she really wants him, so one afternoon when the car breaks down, she steals a part from the engine so it won't run at all. She and Dan are stuck together for the evening, and as this "compromises" her, they marry. Barbara's father (Alec B. Francis) is irate over this, but his willful daughter refuses to annul the marriage. The young couple do their best to set up housekeeping, but Dan keeps losing jobs because of the negative influence of Barbara's dad. Money comes, though, when Dan enters a race and comes in third. But when he hears that a sick friend needs funds, he gives the whole amount -- five hundred dollars -- over to the guy's grateful wife (Ruth Elder). An old flame of Barbara's sees this transaction, puts a seamy spin on it and tells her the story. She leaves Dan as a result and files for divorce. But when the truth comes out, Barbara happily returns. In addition, Mr. Wright admires his son-in-law's generosity and finally welcomes him into the family.