Marriage a la Carte (1916)

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Mildred Niles (Clara Kimball Young) is the daughter of a wealthy broker (E.M. Kimball); Ted Vandeveer (Chester Barnett) is a penniless relative of the wealthy Archie Vandeveers. The two meet and fall in love. Ted's friend, Jim Sweeney (William Jefferson), thinks he should take advantage of the girl's wealth. But Mildred's father has been enmeshed in a bad stock deal which has broken him and her mother (Ina Brooks) wants her to marry the supposedly-rich Vandeveer before this is discovered. So the two overcome any pangs of conscience and wed, but afterwards they confess to each other that they are broke. It turns out, however, they aren't after all, because Ted's uncle has left him a million dollars -- providing that he marry. Clara Kimball Young was primarily a dramatic -- or as they said in those days "emotional" -- actress, and this was one of her rare comic turns. It was based on a play by Bertram Marburgh and W. Pezet.