Shattered Dreams (1922)

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When Erich Von Stroheim was casting Foolish Wives, he discovered a model named Patsie Hannon who he cast as Mrs. Hughes. He also gave her the stage name Miss DuPont, and Universal Studios tried unsuccessfully to build her up into a star. This unbelievable drama, released before Foolish Wives, is one of the studio's vehicles for the fledgling star. Although Marie Moselle (Miss DuPont) is a member of the aristocracy, she keeps herself busy by pursuing a career as a sculptress. She's not thrilled with her wimpy fiancé, Theophile Grusant (Bertram Grassby), but when an Apache (a member of the French underworld -- not an American Indian) breaks into her Paris studio, she falls in love. The Apache, Louis duBois (Herbert Heyes), becomes her model, but when he tries to carry her off, she shoots him. She is immediately sorry for her action and dashes to his bedside. She nurses him back to health and discovers he is really a nobleman who was shell-shocked during World War I. No w that his mind has been shocked into normalcy, they can have a life together.