Come Out of the Kitchen (1919)

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Claudia Daingerfield (Marguerite Clark) is part of an aristocratic but impoverished Southern family. Her father (George Stevens) becomes ill and it becomes necessary for her and her siblings (Frances Kaye, Bradley Barker and Albert M. Hackett) to raise the funds to get him to New York for treatment. This they do, but they still don't have enough to keep him there, so they lease their Virginia home to Burton Crane (Eugene O'Brien), a wealthy Northerner, who needs a place for the shooting season. Crane, however, wants the Negro servants replaced by white ones. Since Claudia can't find any white servants who will go work in the country, she and her sister and brothers take over the servant roles. So there are two different scenarios going on when Crane arrives with his lawyer Solon Tucker (Frederick Esmelton), Tucker's sister, Mrs. Faulkner (Augusta Anderson), and her daughter Cora (Rita Spear). Mrs. Faulkner, unaware that Cora is already engaged, is urging her to snatch up Crane. Meanwhile, Crane has fallen in love with Claudia, who he believes to be the cook. Claudia and her siblings, of course, know next to nothing about being servants and she actually has smuggled in a Negro cook (Frances Jackson) to do the cooking. Her attempts to hide the cook make Crane think she is hiding a lover. After a number of humorous situations, everything is cleared up and Crane sweeps Claudia off to his estate. This film was a perfect vehicle for Marguerite Clark and was based on a story by Alice Duer Miller and had already been made into a play which starred Ruth Chatterton on Broadway.