Glorious Adventure (1918)

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Adapted from When Carey Comes to Town, a novel by Edith Barnard Delano, The Glorious Adventure starred Mae Marsh as the colorfully yclept Belinda Carey Weatherbee. Having lived all her life under the thumb of her old-fashioned Aunt Lucretia (Sarah Alexander), the endearingly unworldly Carey decides to kick over the traces when the old lady dies. She uses what little money she has to purchase a train ticket, disembarking in a strange, faraway town. Donning her Aunt's best Sunday clothes (which are about thirty years out of date), our heroine makes a beeline to the biggest, best-looking house in town, intending to pay an unannounced visit. The house's occupant, mill owner Hiram Ward (Wyndham Standing), gently tries to persuade Carey to leave, but she refuses, having been told time and again by her late aunt that all "good" girls go visiting on Sunday afternoon. She does, however, accede to Hiram's wishes that she accept money from him to purchase newer clothes. Having finally taken her place in the "modern" world, Carey becomes fascinated with the financial workings of Hiram's mill, and before long she is placed in charge of the entire operation. Several adventures and misadventures later, Hiram bows to the inevitable and asks Carey to be his wife.