Too Many Millions (1918)

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Walsingham Van Dorn (Wallace Reid) has a fancy name but no money until he inherits 40 million dollars from a pair of wealthy, but wicked, uncles. The uncles had foreclosed on poor Desiree (Ora Carewe) and her father, leaving them homeless. While Van Dorn is throwing money away on everything under the sun, Desiree is scrambling for money. Finally, out of desperation and anger, she goes to the young heir's home and demands two million dollars. He agrees to this, only to discover that his male secretary -- who he has given power of attorney -- has absconded with all the funds. Van Dorn and Desiree set out in pursuit of the secretary, but they stop at a hotel that is later destroyed in a fire...and their belongings along with it. They're stuck in this small village, so they get married, go to work there and find out they are very happy. Eventually the secretary pops up with the money intact -- he hadn't dared spend any of it. So he gives it all back, causing the couple to wonder if this sudden windfall will really make them any happier. Reid was surprisingly down-to-earth in this role, which didn't have the flashy trappings of his usual star turns.



foreclosure, inheritance, love, marriage, poverty, secretary, uncle