Poor Girl's Romance (1926)

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Gertrude Short takes a break from portraying telephone operators in this Cinderella-like romantic drama. Instead she plays a little drudge, Anne Smith, who is being threatened by hoodlums. Wealthy Wellington Kingston (Creighton Hale) comes to her rescue. New York's 400 are having their annual ball, and Anne enviously watches from the outside. To her horror, a drunken guest drags her inside. Kingston sees her and comes to her aid once again. He introduces her as a princess who is visiting America in disguise. Madeline Sheivers (Rosa Rudami), who wants Kingston herself, blows Anne's cover. One of Madeline's suitors, who is tiring of her, gives Anne a job as a mannequin in his establishment. When her boss is shot and killed, Anne thinks that Kingston is the murderer. To save him, she takes the blame. The real killer is finally discovered, and Anne's rags-to-riches tale is complete when she weds Kingston.