Silks and Satins (1916)

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On the eve of her wedding to a man she does not love, young Felicite (Marguerite Clark) stumbles upon a diary written by one of her ancestors. In flashback, it is revealed that the ancestor (also played by Clark) was likewise scheduled for a loveless marriage but at the last moment ran off with the man she truly loved. Back in the present, Felicite decides to follow the example set forth in the yellowed diary. That's about all there was to the story, but fans of the ageless Marguerite Clark -- who successfully played ingenues until she was nearly forty -- were thoroughly satisfied. And while the notion of having all of the cast members play two sets of characters was not new to Silks and Satins, it was a surefire dramatic device and would continue to be deployed by Cecil B. DeMille throughout the teens and twenties.