True As Steel (1924)

Sub-Genres - Marriage Drama  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Centering a story on the dilemmas of a "modern business woman" seemed like a fine idea in 1924, so Rupert Hughes (whose nephew was a teenager named Howard R. Hughes) wrote and directed this drama for MGM. Aileen Pringle stars as the businesswoman in question, Eva Boutelle, whose husband, Harry (Norman Kerry), is out of town on business. Frank Parry (Huntly Gordon) arrives in New York and is handed over to Eva to work out a business deal. Although Parry is middle-aged, he's hung onto his youthful liveliness and his wife back home (Cleo Madison) is having trouble keeping up with him. Naturally, he finds Eva attractive and convinces her to go out with him. He delays returning home and finally insists that he and Eva should divorce their spouses and marry each other. Eva is tempted, but in the end she realizes that it would be better if they stuck with their mates. There are two notable up-and-comers in the cast: Eleanor Boardman as Parry's daughter, Ethel, and William Haines as Gilbert Morse. Both would become MGM stars. Another notable in the cast is 36-year-old Raymond Hatton playing a great-grandfather.

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extramarital-affair, flapper, grandfather, temptation