Success (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Moving Picture World sung the praises of this drama, adapted from the stage play by Adeline Leitzbach and Theodore Leibler Jr. "This picture has a soul," it raved, "a soul that will spell big money for the wise exhibitors." What it was, in reality, was the same old story of a drunken actor hitting the skids, making a comeback, and helping his grown daughter in the bargain. Stage star Brandon Tynan stars as Barry Carleton, a renowned Shakespearian actor and an alcoholic. His wife, Jane (Naomi Childers), finally leaves him, taking their little girl with her. Years pass and Carleton finds himself without friends or money. He applies for a job at a theater which is putting on King Lear, with his now-grown daughter, Rose (Mary Astor), in one of the leads. He finds out that the show's angel gave Rose the part in order to seduce her. Carleton saves his daughter, and her sweetheart, who also is on the verge of getting himself in serious trouble. To top it all off, the show's male star misses a performance and Carleton triumphantly steps into the role. With his true identity revealed, he and his daughter have a happy reunion.



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