Polly with a Past (1920)

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Small town American girl Polly Shannon (Ina Claire) goes to Paris to study singing, but winds up as a maid to two bachelors. They have a wealthy friend, Rex Van Zile (Ralph Graves), who is having problems with his cold-hearted fiancee. So they decide to make her jealous by having Polly pose as a notorious French adventuress who has her eye on Rex. She does her job so well that -- predictably -- Rex actually does fall in love with her and completely forgets about his fiancee. Ina Claire previously starred in the George Middleton/Guy Bolton stage play from which this picture was made. Although her on screen performance was well-received, she would achieve greater fame during the talkie era, when Hollywood raided Broadway for new stars.



love, love-triangle, romance