Not So Long Ago (1925)

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Although trade paper Motion Picture News insisted no pun was intended, readers probably groaned anyhow when it stated that this drama was meant to prove that actress Betty Bronson was no "flash in the pan" -- after all, Bronson had just recently won the lead role in Peter Pan over every female star in Hollywood. This picture takes place in the 1850s, a charming era "not so long ago" by 1925 standards. Michael Dover (Dan Crimmins) has spent a good amount of the family finances to work on his invention -- a horseless carriage propelled by steam. To help make ends meet, his daughter Betty (Bronson) goes to work in the home of Mrs. Ballard (Julia Swayne Gordon). While Dover is getting a loan from Jerry Flint (Edwards Davis) -- who uses the carriage as collateral -- Betty is falling in love with Billy (Ricardo Cortez), her boss' son. Sam Robinson (Laurence Wheat) wants Betty for himself, and he convinces Dover to ask Billy about his intentions. Betty reaches him first and he insists that he would like to marry Betty. Unfortunately, Mrs. Ballard has other plans and fires Betty, after insisting that Billy is engaged to the wealthy socialite Ursula Kent (Jacqueline Gadson). Dover agrees to race against Richardson, who is on foot, to hold off foreclosure. The steam vehicle wins, but later it blows up. Flint is just as happy to have the money that Billy gives him for the note. It turns out that Ursula also was in love with someone else, so Billy is free to pursue his romance with Betty.



daughter, employment, father, forbidden-love, home, inventor, love, romance, son, widow/widower