Vanity Pool (1918)

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Gerald Harper (Thomas Holding) is running for governor, and that's about the only reason his ambitious wife Carol (Anna Q. Nilsson) is sticking with him. She sends Diana Casper (Marin Sais, a lobbyist friend of hers, to work on a certain politician in her husband's favor. Harper, meanwhile, heads for the settlements, where he meets Marna Royal (Mary MacLaren), the lovely daughter of a tenement family. One day, when he sees Marna dressed up, he kisses her on impulse. The naive girl believes this is practically a marriage proposal. Diana has no luck with the politician, but she finds out about Harper's minor dalliance with Marna, and goes to his friend, Drew Garret (Franklyn Farnum) with this information. She threatens to expose Harper unless Garret marries her. Garret refuses, and then has to do damage control on the stories Diana spreads. He brings Marna to the Harper household, and she is disappointed to find out that Harper is already married. Diana finally gets her comeuppance, and Garret encourages the depressed Harper to go away and start over. Marna winds up with Garret. This picture was directed by one of silent film's few women directors, Ida May Park.