Venus in the East (1919)

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This picture began life as a Saturday Evening Post serial by Wallace Irwin. It involves the newly rich Buddy McNair (Bryant Washburn). He has inherited his wealth from his father and becomes fascinated by Pat Dyvenot (Anna Q, Nilsson), whose picture he sees in the society section of a newspaper. He deems her his "Venus in the East" and travels cross country to meet her. On the train he meets Martha (Margery Wilson), who is apparently tangled up with some gamblers. When he gets to New York, Buddy meets Pat and when she finds out how much money he has they become involved. Eventually he finds out that the woman he worshipped from afar is bankrupt and a gold digger, and that society life isn't all it's cracked up to be. He runs across Martha once again when he travels downtown, and realizes that she's really his Venus. It's easy enough to get rid of Pat Dyvenot -- he tells her that his fortune is gone and she goes. Then he and Martha head back west together.