Society for Sale (1918)

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William Desmond, he of the dazzling smile and sleek physique, was starred in the Triangle feature Society for Sale. Desmond plays "Honorable" Billy, an aristocratic Englishman who finds himself a pauper overnight. Hoping to recoup his family fortunes, Billy agrees to marry, sight unseen, a wealthy clothes model named Phyllis Cline (an early starring role for Gloria Swanson). At first feeling that he has married beneath his station, Billy is gratified to learn that Phyllis is the daughter of a prominent English nobleman. By this time, however, he has renounced his previous snobbishness and learned to love Phyllis on her own merits. Though quite easy on the eyes, Gloria Swanson was merely an arm decoration for star Desmond; within a few years, however, her profitable professional association with Cecil B. DeMille enabled her to choose vehicles specifically designed for her unique talents.