Kisses (1922)

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Although she came from a comedy background, Alice Lake preferred to concentrate on dramas during most of the 1920s. The majority of these films were undistinguished, so this light comedy comes across like a breath of fresh air. During a train trip, Betty Ellen Estabrook (Lake) meets Bill Bailey (Harry Myers), who is impressed both with her and her homemade candy kisses. He asks her to sell them at a booth at a charity bazaar and they are a huge success. Unfortunately for Bailey, however, Betty is already taken -- her fiancé is Norman Maynard (Dana Todd), the son of a confectioner (Edward Jobson). But then Betty's father (Edward Connelly) dies, and Maynard breaks off the engagement. She turns to Bailey, and they form a partnership to manufacture her kisses, going into direct competition with the Maynard concern. Betty and Bailey do so well that her former fiancé is compelled to pay a hefty price for the business. Of course, Betty and Bailey go on to form a more romantic type of partnership. This picture was one of the last from the influential producer and director Maxwell Karger -- he died of a heart attack only weeks after the film was released.



business-rivalry, candy, father, fiancee, train [locomotive]