Marked Cards (1918)

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Margery Wilson stars as Ellen Shannon, the daughter of "man-of-the-people" politician Pat Shannon (Jack Curtis). Ellen falls in love with socialite Teddy Breslin (Wallace McDonald, but Teddy's mother regards the Shannons as low-lifes and picks out a more "suitable" bride for her son. Concluding that her lack of breeding has caused her to be snubbed by the Breslins and their ilk, Ellen enrolls in a finishing school -- which nearly finishes her! In the meantime, Teddy falls in with a pair of crooked card sharps, who keep him in a state of constant inebriation so they can systematically clean out his bank account. While vacationing at a ritzy hotel, Ellen accidentally stumbles into the hotel room of Teddy's two unsavory companions. As she watches from the shadows, an argument erupts between the two men, culminating in the shooting death of one of them. Terrified of being caught in the middle of a scandal that might ruin her father (not to mention her hopes of entering Society), Ellen keeps mum about what she's seen. But when Teddy is falsely accused of the killing, our heroine throws caution to the winds and makes a dramatic statement before a packed courtroom. At last, Teddy's mother realizes that Ellen is made of the Right Stuff, and profusely apologizes for snubbing the girl in the past. Can a lavish happy-ending wedding be far behind?