Marie, Ltd. (1919)

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When Drina Hilliard (Alice Brady) finishes college, she heads home to New York, where her mother Marie (Mrs. Gertrude Hillman) runs a millinery shop. On the way, she meets the handsome Blair Carson (Leslie Austen), but the budding love affair gets sidetracked as Drina begins working for her mother. Marie has been running a petty scam -- when a man buys a hat for his wife or sweetheart, she overcharges him and splits the difference with the woman. Drina objects to this, but is powerless to change it. The biggest customer at Marie, Ltd. is Colonel Lambert (Frank Losse), who buys hats for a bevy of chorus girls. Lambert has his eye on Drina, and her mother encourages the match, but Drina makes it clear she is not at all interested in him. Blair, meanwhile, is in the clutches of a chorus girl, Zelie (Gladys Valeris), who is afraid she'll lose the Colonel, her meal ticket, to Drina. Finally, the Colonel threatens to expose Marie's slimy practices unless Drina marries him, but Blair comes through and saves the Hilliards from ruin, and returns his full attention to Drina.