Understudy (1922)

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Doris May, a minor light comedienne of the 1910s and early '20s, is the star of this farce. Tom Manning (Wallace MacDonald) has become infatuated with an actress, Grace Lorimer (Christine Mayo), and his disapproving father (Otis Harlan) sends him away to Montana. As soon as he is gone, the father makes arrangements to buy the actress off. Mary Neil (May) shows up to collect the money, but the father discovers through a photograph that she is not the right girl. Nevertheless, he takes a liking to the impostor and invites her to stay at the Manning home. Mary takes him up on the offer and soon Mr. and Mrs. Manning are treating her like a daughter. Eventually Tom returns from his enforced vacation and he too falls in love with Mary. Mr. Manning rushes the couple to the altar as quickly as he can, before Tom's former sweetheart comes around to cause trouble.



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