Youth for Sale (1924)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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While this independently made stage drama didn't have one original concept in its scenario, it was well-made by director William Christy Cabanne and featured a solid cast. Connie Sutton (Sigrid Holmquist) is a shopgirl who quits her job to join the chorus line. Her old-fashioned friend, Molly Malone (May Allison), decides to stay working behind the counter. Wealthy Montgomery Breck (Richard Bennett), who spends much of his free time around chorus girls, takes a particular liking to Connie. Molly goes to a party Breck is throwing, accompanied by her sweetheart, Tom Towers (Charles Emmett Mack). When she discovers that Towers has a weakness for wild women, Molly tries to live it up by drinking some bootleg gin. But the hooch is bad and it renders her blind. To raise the money to cure Molly's condition, Connie offers herself to Breck, but Molly puts a halt to the plan. Instead, Towers sells his business and takes her on a honeymoon cruise to Europe, where they will see a specialist. Breck, meanwhile, is impressed with Connie's loyalty and offers her a wedding ring.

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poverty, alcoholism, blindness [physical], bootlegging, friendship, handicap, love, marriage, millionaire