Heiress for a Day (1918)

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Former Ziegfeld Follies cuties Olive Thomas stars as hotel manicurist Helen Thurston. Falling in love with millionaire Jack Standring (Joe King), Helen is subjected to the class-conscious snobbery of Jack's domineering mother (Lillian Langdon). But the old lady quickly changes her tune when word gets out that Helen has inherited a fortune. Suddenly, our heroine proves "acceptable" to high society and accordingly begins spending money like there's no tomorrow -- precisely the intention of her greedy cousin Spindthrift (Eugene Burr), who keeps secret the fact that, according to the terms of the will, Helen's spending is not to exceed $1000 for a period of twelve months, lest the bulk of the estate fall into Spindthrift's hands. Upon discovering this sobering little tidbit, Helen is forced to hock all her worldly possessions to keep her creditors at bay. The girl is rescued by the timely intervention of an all-wise family lawyer, but by this time Jack Standring has already declared that, rich or poor, Helen will become his bride.