Cousin Kate (1921)

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After the death of her husband, Sidney Drew, Gladys Rankin Drew didn't exactly spend the rest of her life mourning in widow's weeds. Among other things, she directed this comedy-drama, and there were not many women directors in her day. This film was based on a play by Hubert Henry Davie, which was first produced by Charles Frohman and revived several years later -- the star of the revival was Gladys Rankin Drew's niece-in-law, Ethel Barrymore. On screen, however, Alice Joyce takes the role of Kate Curtis. Kate is a novelist whose romance stories are somewhat unconventional. As a result, her family assumes she's just like her characters. Kate's judegment, however, is sound and her relatives often go to her for advice. Her cousin, Amy Spencer (Beth Martin), is engaged to artist Heath Desmond (Gilbert Emery) who, spiritually speaking, is a free spirit. James Bartlett, a minister (Leslie Austin), inspires an argument between Amy and her fiancé and they break up. Kate is called in to help fix things. But on the train ride to Amy's, Kate and Desmond meet and fall in love. Kate has no clue that Desmond is Amy's sweetheart, but when she finds out she tries to pretend she was just researching for one of her novels so that Desmond will return to Amy. It turns out, however, that Bartlett has fallen for Amy, so Desmond and Kate are free to pursue their romance.