Bright Lights of Broadway (1923)

Run Time - 90 min.  |  
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While this theatrical drama is based on the clichéd premise of a country girl coming to the big city, it offers some colorful shots of the Great White Way. Charlie Murray and the Tiller Girls also perform dance numbers. The cast, too, is excellent, beginning with Doris Kenyon as Irene Marley, the country girl. While traveling through the countryside, theatrical producer Randall Sherrill (Lowell Sherman) hears Irene practicing in the church choir with her sweetheart Tom Drake (Harrison Ford). He offers to make Irene a star, so she follows him back to New York. Sherrill makes good on his promise, and Irene realizes that she has her own promise to Sherrill that she must honor. The producer has callously tossed away Connie King, his last sweetheart (Claire Dolorez), and she urges Drake to come for Irene. Drake arrives and argues with Sherrill. During their fight, Connie is shot and dies. Sherrill puts the blame on Drake, who is convicted of murder. But Irene manages to force a confession out of Sherrill, which saves Drake from being executed.

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boyfriend, false-accusation, frame-up, minister, murder, naivete, revenge, scandal