Food for Scandal (1920)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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Wanda Hawley debuted as a star in her previous film, Miss Hobbs. So it is suggested that the poor material in this pointless picture, based on the Paul Kester play Beverly's Balance, is one of the reasons that Hawley's name did not endure beyond her era. Sylvia (Hawley) is the last of the once-wealthy Figueroas. The family fortune has dwindled and the ranch where she lives is falling apart. To fend for herself, Sylvia travels to San Francisco and lands a job as a chorus girl. She's also looking for her sweetheart, Watt Dinwiddie (Harrison Ford), who went to 'Frisco to start his law practice. She thinks he is well-to-do, but in fact, he's struggling as much as she is. Sylvia earns some scandalous publicity because of the way she is promoted in the chorus show, so she quits. Then she discovers that Jack Horner (Lester Cuneo) is seeking a divorce from his wife, Nancy (Ethel Grey Terry), who is infatuated with a nobleman. Sylvia offers to be co-respondent if he uses Dinwiddie as his lawyer. At first, Dinwiddie is perplexed by Sylvia's behavior, but when she helps Horner and his wife reconcile, he understands, and they reunite, too.



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