Mama's Affair (1921)

Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Romantic Comedy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Eve Orrin (Constance Talmadge) is at the mercy of her possessive mother (Effie Shannon), who has a case of "nerves" every time her daughter tries to show a mind of her own. Mrs. Orrin and her friend, Mrs. Marchant (Katherine Kaelred), have determined that Eve will marry Mrs. Marchant's milquetoast son, Henry (George LeGuere), and Eve is willing to go along with it just to placate her mother. But Eve herself finally has an attack of nerves, and she falls in love with Doctor Harmon, the physician called in to care for her (Kenneth Harlan). In spite of the manipulations of Henry and her mother, Eve manages to get the man she wants. The screenplay to this Constance Talmadge vehicle, like many others, was written by John Emerson and Anita Loos. It was based on a Harvard prize-winning stage play by Rachel Barton Butler, and for once Miss Talmage's vibrant personality was buried under the plot -- in fact, Effie Shannon (who played the role of the mother on Broadway, too) practically stole the whole show.