Shuttle (1918)

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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The fourth of Constance Talmadge's fifteen starring vehicles for producer Lewis J. Selznick, The Shuttle was based on a story by Frances Hodgson Burnett (of Little Lord Fauntleroy and Little Princess fame). Talmadge plays Bettina, the younger sister of Rosalie Vanderpool (Edith Johnson). When Rosalie is forced into a wealthy but loveless marriage, she moves to London with her husband. Bettina capriciously decides to tag along, and while at large in England she manages to save Rosalie from a ruinous marital scandal. Our heroine also falls in love with impoverished aristocrat Lord Dunstan (Albert Roscoe), who refuses to return Bettina's affections because he is too proud to marry for money. This plot strand is resolved by the sudden death of the picture's all-purpose villain (Edward Peil), who had previously imperiled Rosalie's marriage. Added for comic punctuation is the character of an itinerant typewriter salesman, who speaks in fluent Slang.