Folly of Vanity (1924)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

This drama had two directors: Maurice Elvey handled most of the film, but the fantasy sequence (which was beautifully tinted) was directed by Henry Otto. Newlyweds Alice (Billie Dove) and Robert (Jack Mulhall) are already having differences over money. He gets angry at her extravagances, especially when she spends more than they can afford on an imitation pearl necklace. Ridgeway, a client of Robert's (John St. Polis), invites the couple to a party. Robert wants to decline, but Alice insists that they go. Ridgeway loans Alice a real pearl necklace, to "restore their lustre," and everyone heads for his yacht. Ridgeway pays Alice a lot of attention, while a young widow tries to vamp Robert. As a result, the couple quarrels and later Alice dreams that she is being attacked by Ridgeway. She jumps overboard and is taken to the court of Neptune (Bob Klein). They hold a festival in her honor, but when a witch (Lola Drovnar) discovers that the pearls have left the mark of vanity on Alice's neck she is cast out. Alice wakes up back on the yacht and makes up with her husband.



dream, fantasy, marital-problems, marriage, reality