What's Worth While? (1921)

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This comedy-drama isn't one of director Lois Weber's strongest films, but at least it isn't as preachy as some of her other efforts. Phoebe Morrison (Claire Windsor) has been raised in the heart of Southern gentility, and she's tired of being surrounded by men with impeccable manners. When her father (Arthur Stuart Hull) shows her a photo of Elton, his Western oil partner (Louis Calhern), she is immediately attracted to him. When she accompanies her father to meet him, she finds she's not as thrilled with his rough ways when faced with him in person. She decides she is willing to overlook his crudity, but Elton sends her away because he knows it really does matter to her. Over time, Elton becomes a part of society and gains the polish he formerly lacked. When he and Phoebe meet up again in London, she is impressed and they marry. Back home on the ranch, she finds she's just as disappointed in Elton's gentlemanly ways as she was by his uncivilized manners. Elton figures this out, and effects a compromise, which pleases his new bride.