One Night in Rome (1924)

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Although Laurette Taylor starred in this drama on Broadway and reprised her role for the screen, she seems miscast. Taylor was much more effective as the Irish lass of Peg O' My Heart than she is here as an Italian duchess. Duke Danaili (Alan Hale) is accused of treachery to Italy, and to cover up his wrongdoing, he kills himself and leaves a note claiming that the unfaithfulness of his wife (Taylor) is to blame. His father, Prince Danaili (Joseph J. Dowling) denounces the duchess and vows vengeance. She escapes from Italy and reappears several years later disguised as Madame L'Enigme, a fortune teller. She becomes the rage of London society, and is finally recognized by Randall (Tom Moore), who had met her in Rome. Randall declares his love for her, but she tries to discourage him. Finally the prince shows up with proof of the duchess' innocence and she is returned to her former status in society. This enables her to marry Randall.