Hard Boiled (1919)

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Musical comedy actress Corinne Melrose (Dorothy Dalton) finds herself penniless and stranded in the country town of Nilesburg. A good-hearted old lady, Aunt Tiny Colvin (Gertrude Claire) offers to put her up, but she has money troubles of her own -- she is behind in her rent and the landlord, deacon Simpson (Billy Courtwright), is growing impatient. Corinne remembers Simpson well because he made a pass at her after her last performance with the troupe that left her in Nilesburg. So she invites the deacon's attentions, then threatens a scandal unless he forgets about the money owed him by Aunt Tiny. He agrees, and then Corinne's sweetheart from the troupe, Billy Penrose (C.W. Mason) returns for her. Instead of going off with him, she convinces him to stay and help run the town's hotel.