The Make-Believe Wife (1918)

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This film was purely a showcase for the charms of ex-Follies girl (and future Glenda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz) Billie Burke. It takes place at a vacation home in the mountains where several young couples have gathered. The group of friends go climbing, but Phyllis Ashbrook (Burke) and John Manning (David Powell) leave the others behind. They get lost and have to spend the night in a cabin. When they are brought back the next day, appearances compel them to marry, even though they are already engaged to others. They intend to get divorced as soon as possible so they can return to their original partners. Since this is a light romantic comedy, Phyllis and John eventually realize they are really in love with each other. Burke's outfits here got as many positive notices as the actress. In a couple of years, another star from the same studio, Paramount -- Gloria Swanson -- would also become famous for her fashions.



divorce, lost, marriage-of-convenience, vacation