Game's Up (1919)

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This comedy was the last film directed by cinema pioneer Elsie Jane Wilson. Ruth Clifford plays Ruth Elliott, who travels to the big city, determined to forge a career as an artist. Because she writes home of her exciting life and marvelous successes, her friend, Mildred Colburn (Mildred Lee), is dying to come out and visit. Ruth, of course, has been spinning tall tales this whole time and is in a panic over what to do. Her answer is to spend her last 15 dollars on an automobile tour, and she begs the chauffeur, Peter Neyland (Al Ray), to pose as her employee. They show Mildred a wonderful time, but it turns out that she is planning to stay for a whole week. With Neyland's help, Ruth continues her ruse, although it almost lands the both of them in jail. In the end, she finds romance with Neyland who, it happens, is not a chauffeur at all, but comes from a wealthy family. Wilson, who was married to fellow director Rupert Julian, gave up her career once she finished this picture, claiming that directing was a man's work. Her words have been proven wrong by a number of female film directors ever since.