Jenny Be Good (1920)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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When Royal Renshaw (Jay Belasco) weds Jenny Riano (Mary Miles Minter), a sweet country girl, his millionaire parents have a fit. They send Royal away on a yachting trip and convince Jenny to have the marriage annulled. They then marry their son off to the society girl of their choice, Jolanda Van Mater (Margaret Shelby, Minter's real-life sister). The only problem -- other than the fact that Royal doesn't love her -- is that Jolanda is a drug addict and spends most of her time at the establishment of dealer Polly Primrose (Catherine Wallace). Jenny, meanwhile, becomes a concert violinist. On their way to a sanitarium, Royal and his wife are in a car accident. She is killed, and he is taken to the hospital. His life is in the balance, and in his semi-conscious state, he calls for Jenny. Even though a full opera house is waiting for her appearance, Jenny rushes to Royal's side, and they are reunited. This overwrought melodrama was directed by William Desmond Taylor who, less than two years later, would be fatally shot. The murder was never solved, but the headlines it created destroyed Mary Miles Minter's career, even though she was undoubtedly innocent of the crime.



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