Rustle of Silk (1923)

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This romantic drama is based on the novel by Cosmo Hamilton. Unlike many other motion picture adaptations of the day, Paramount and director Herbert Brenon decided to keep the bittersweet ending of the book instead of tacking on a false happy finale. Lola de Breze (Betty Compson) loves Lord Arthur Fallaray (Conway Tearle) from afar, though there seems to be no way to bring them together -- he is England's Colonial Secretary and married, while she is merely a working class maiden. But when she is given a maid's position in his household, it brings her that much closer to her idol. She puts on a fancy gown and heads to the Ritz in hopes of getting a formal introduction. After being fired from the household, she follows Fallaray to his country home and nurses him when he falls ill. Lord Fallaray's wife Lady Feo (Anna Q. Nilsson) doesn't love him and is having an affair with Paul Chalfont (Cyril Chadwick). When it looks like he will be faced with scandal, Fallaray contemplates giving up politics and marrying Lola.