Golden Gallows (1922)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Showbiz Drama  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

Universal was still trying to push Miss DuPont (who had a prominent role in Erich Von Stroheim's Foolish Wives) as a star here. But director Paul Scardon was no Stroheim, and this cliché tale of backstage life was tangled up in confusing complications. DuPont plays Willow Winters, a chorus girl who works her way up to stardom honestly -- meaning, she doesn't sleep her way to the top. She achieves the pinnacle of success as an understudy who's called in when the star falls ill. The wealthy, and lusty, Leander Sills (Edwin Stevens) can't believe she's a good girl, but she proves it in no uncertain terms. So when he's murdered by a jealous woman, he wills Willow half his fortune, with a written note saying she showed him that "all women can't be bought." The letter falls into the hands of Sills' lawyer (Douglas Gerrard), who keeps it hidden, since he wants Willow (and the money) for himself. This causes a rift between Willow and her fiancé, Peter Galliner (Jack Mower), because he thinks something was going on between her and Sills. Eventually he comes to believe that Willow is innocent of any wrongdoing and they are reunited.



behind-the-scenes, con/scam, greed, inheritance, jealousy, lawyer, love, murder, reunion, understudy