Marriage Market (1923)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

This light comedy was produced by the poverty row studio whose initials, C.B.C., earned it the nickname "Corned Beef and Cabbage." A few years later, however, after the studio changed its name to Columbia, it became a force to be reckoned with. The mischievous Theodora Bland (Pauline Garon) is expelled from a fashionable girls' finishing school, and on her way home helps another young lady (Shannon Day) escape from reform school. Because she's in search for adventure, Theodora wanders into the home of novelist Wilton Carruthers (Jack Mulhall), and claims that she's the reform school escapee. He hides her from the sheriff, but later on, when she arrives home, she discovers that her aunt (Vera Lewis) wants to marry her off to a wealthy oil king. In addition, her aunt's new husband (Marc Robbins) has a daughter, Lillian (Alice Lake), who is engaged to Carruthers. The jealous Lillian tries to have Theodora arrested by claiming that she really is the reform school girl. The escapee reveals her identity, and Theodora wins Carruthers.