Gretna Green (1915)

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In the year 1915, Grace Livingston Furniss' enduringly popular novel and play Gretna Green was first adapted for the silver screen by Famous Players. Though well past thirty, Marguerite Clark was sublimely convincing as Dolly Vardon, the mischievous teenaged ward of a titled British country squire. In line for a sizeable inheritance, Dolly will collect the money only if she gets married to someone from her own social class within a certain time period. She falls in love with a common riding master (Arthur Hoops), whereupon her guardian orders her out of the house, informing her that she has aced herself out of her inheritance. Little does anyone realize that Dolly's "commoner" sweetheart is actually the Earl of Bassett, one of London's wealthiest and most eligible bachelors. The Earl saves the day not only by becoming Dolly's husband, but also her new guardian, thereby pushing her snobbish old guardian out of the picture.