World's a Stage (1922)

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The story to this drama is nowhere near as extravagant and sensationalistic as Elinor Glyn's usual fare, perhaps because the author was trying to prove that film people were every bit as nice and normal as "regular" folk. While playing Juliet in a barnstorming Shakespearean troupe, Jo Bishop (Dorothy Phillips) is discovered by a motion picture director and brought to Hollywood. She becomes a star and quickly marries Wallace Foster (Kenneth Harlan). Another man, John Brand (Bruce McRae), also loves her, but is satisfied to remain her friend. Jo's marriage, however, is not a happy one -- on their wedding night, Foster gets blind drunk and things go downhill from there. He is jealous and cruel and he comes to believe that Jo is having an affair with Brand. One night while he is drunk, he takes her off on a wild ride through a rainstorm. The car crashes through a bridge into the water. Brand has followed them and rescues the couple. Before Foster dies Jo offers her forgiveness. Now that she's a widow, she is able to find romance with Brand.

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behind-the-scenes, marriage, stars [celebrities]