Pleasure Mad (1923)

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Future MGM star Norma Shearer was still an up-and-coming young starlet when she made an impressive appearance as the flapper daughter in this otherwise mediocre drama. Hugh Benton (Huntly Gordon) comes into sudden wealth and he moves his family into a city mansion. His wife, Marjorie (Mary Alden), is uncomfortable with her new lifestyle and Benton begins an affair with Geraldine De Lacey (Winifred Bryson). Marjorie's two grown children are as opposite as she and her husband -- Elinor (Shearer), like her father, loves the high life, while Howard (William Collier Jr.) sticks by his mother. Elinor attends a wild party and the host, Templeton Druid (Ward Crane), locks her in a room. Benton and Geraldine are also in attendance, and when he hears his daughter calling for help, Benton springs into action and shoots Druid. He is arrested, but Druid recovers and charges are never pressed. The incident helps bring the family back together again. This picture was based on the novel, The Valley of Content, by Blanche Upwright.



daughter, divorce, family, fortune [wealth], love, rags-to-riches, seduction