Straight from Paris (1921)

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Harry Garson directed his then-wife, Clara Kimball Young, in this light comedy -- a departure for Young, who was better known for her heavy dramatic roles. While on a European voyage, wealthy Robert Van Austin (Bertram Grassby) meets Lucette Grenier (Young), the owner of a chic Fifth Avenue dress shop. A whirlwind romance follows and by the time the ship returns to the U.S., the couple are engaged. Robert's snobby mother (Clarissa Selwynne) immediately takes a dislike to Lucette, while his uncle, John (William P. Carleton), is more than willing to give her a chance. Meanwhile, Robert's former sweetheart, Doris Charming (Betty Francisco), comes to Lucette's shop and buys a load of expensive outfits. When Doris charges them to Robert, Lucette realizes that her fiancé is not exactly a fine, upstanding young gentleman and she breaks off the engagement. John throws a dance and Lucette attends, but the festivities are interrupted by her alcoholic grandfather, Henri Trevel (Thomas Jefferson). Before Lucette takes her grandfather away, John proposes to her and she accepts.



chorus-girl, grandfather, millionaire, nephew, seduction