Vanity's Price (1924)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |  
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This drama was written by future MGM producer Paul Bern. The greatest ambition of actress Vanna Du Maurier (Anna Q. Nilsson) is to own her own theater, but when she meets De Greve, a millionaire (Stuart Holmes), she mysteriously changes her mind. De Greve, it turns out, is the brutal father of Vanna's 19-year-old son, Teddy (Arthur Rankin). Seeing him again turns Vanna into an old woman overnight and she goes to Vienna for a rejuvenation process. While she is gone, De Greve steals Teddy's sweetheart, Sylvia Grayson (Lucille Ricksen), by promising to build a theater for her. When Vanna returns, it's evident that the operation has also affected her disposition, because she insists that De Greve close Sylvia's show, and she proceeds to vamp him away from the young actress. Sylvia is too ashamed to return to Teddy, and when Vanna realizes that De Greve has ruined Sylvia and Teddy's relationship, she horsewhips him. Then she tries to drown herself, but she is saved by her longtime lover, Richard Dowling (Wyndham Standing). Dowling then gives De Greve a thrashing himself and Vanna accepts his proposal. Teddy and Sylvia are also reunited.

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abuse, actor, daughter, doctor/nurse, teenagers, trapped, youth