Ladies Must Live (1921)

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This drama was director George Loane Tucker's last film; in fact his health was failing as he completed it. Too bad the maker of 1919's The Miracle Man didn't leave a better picture than this mediocrity as his final legacy. Christine (Betty Compson) and Barbara (Leatrice Joy) are two women who will look at a man's pocketbook before they look into their own hearts. Another girl, Nell Martin (Lucille Hutton), is the recipient of life's hard knocks and winds up as a kitchen maid. The butler tries to molest her, driving her to drown herself in the lily pond. When the girl is fished out of the pond, it gives the scrub woman an opportunity to castigate the frivolous young women for their shallow ways. Leatrice Joy's then-husband, future film idol John Gilbert, has a small role here as "the gardener." There are other notable silent actors in the supporting cast -- Gibson Gowland), who starred in Erich Von Stroheim's Greed, and funny-faced character actor ! Snitz Edwards, who is well-remembered for his roles in several Buster Keaton features.



death, indifference, kidnapping, maid, pilot, rejection, rescue, socialite