The Legend of Hollywood (1924)

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John Smith (Percy Marmont) comes to Hollywood with dreams of writing a successful screenplay. He rents a room at a boardinghouse where the other residents also have big Hollywood dreams. Mary Brown, a little drudge (ZaSu Pitts), has visions of being a movie star. Smith makes the rounds of the studios, but no one is interested in his screenplay. He runs out of funds, and the landlady (Alice Davenport) tells him that he can only stay for one more week. In despair, he fills seven glasses with wine and puts poison in one. Every day he drinks one glass, and finally on the seventh day, he realizes his life has come to an end. He drinks the glass and almost immediately a friend comes to the door and tells him that his screenplay has finally been accepted. Mary arrives to find Smith in a stupor. She wakes him up to confess that she had broken one of the glasses and replaced it without his knowledge -- obviously the poisoned one. She is about to leave Hollywood and go home, but Smith invites her to stay and share his good fortune. This drama was based on a magazine story by Frank Condon, and was supposedly based on a real event.



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