The Lure of Youth (1921)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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Veteran leading lady Cleo Madison played a famous stage diva who falls for a struggling young playwright (Gareth Hughes) in this plodding silent melodrama released by the Metro organization. The diva brings her discovery to New York as her protegé. At first, the lady's lover (William Conklin) suffers pangs of jealousy, but he soon sees the merits in the youngster's play and puts up money for a Broadway run. The play is successful, and the boy begs his benefactress to marry him. The lady declines the offer, however, accepting instead a proposal from Conklin, a man of experience. A major Universal star of the 1910s, Cleo Madison was one of the many leading ladies at that studio who also directed. Her career waned precipitously in the early '20s and she retired in 1924.



lure [tempt], play [recreation], playwright, stars [celebrities]