Men, Women and Money (1919)

Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

Ethel Clayton stars in this society drama based on a story by Cosmo Hamilton. Marcel Middleton (Clayton) is spoiled by her parents (James Neill and Jane Wolfe), who struggle to give her every material advantage. After visiting her school chum, Noel Parkton (Winifred Greenwood) in New York, she becomes enamored of society life and luxury. She spends her father's money on gambling and expensive gowns and gives little back in return. Then her parents die in an accident and Marcel is left on her own with only a couple thousand dollars to hold her over. She ignores the desperation of her situation in favor of the social whirl. Subsequently, her debts to Madame Ribout (Mayme Kelso), the dress designer, finally catch up with her and she is forced to work for her as a model. This becomes especially embarrassing for Marcel when she has to model lingerie in front of a fashionable group of people. Cleveland Buchanan (Lew Cody), a wealthy and cynical man, offers to pay her debts and he is surprised when she turns him down. Marcel decides she prefers hard work to being indebted to someone like Buchanan. She rooms with Katie, a poor girl (ZaSu Pitts), and takes care of her invalid kid brother. Buchanan admires her spirit and it inspires him to immerse himself in good works. He sends word through Katie that Marcel can call on him if she ever has an emergency. That time comes and it helps to unite them.