World's Applause (1923)

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The normally low-key William C. deMille veers into the territory of his younger brother, Cecil B. DeMille, with this highly dramatic feature. Actress Corinne d'Alys (Bebe Daniels) is thrilled by her newfound success and aches for more publicity and fame. Although she is loved by her manager, John Elliot (Lewis Stone), she begins an affair with a portrait painter, Robert Townsend (Adolphe Menjou, who was earning quite a reputation -- on film at least -- as a seducer). Townsend is married to Elliot's sister Elsa (Kathlyn Williams), and she's furious over the affair. When she slashes at the painting of Corinne, she winds up accidentally killing her husband. Elliot, however, is the one arrested for the crime. When Elsa sees that her brother is in love with Corinne, she commits suicide, but first leaves a note confessing that it was she who stabbed Townsend. Corinne is thoroughly chastened by these events and reconciles with the ever-faithful Elliot.

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artist, confession [criminal], jealousy, murder, portrait, suicide