Her Winning Way (1921)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

The Edgar Jepson novel, Ann Annington, was first made into a play, Ann, and then developed as a pleasant light comedy vehicle for star Mary Miles Minter. Ann (Minter) is an ambitious reporter who is assigned to interview author Harold Hargrave (Gaston Glass). The shy writer, however, absolutely refuses to be interviewed, so Ann rents a room next to his apartment and then disguises herself as a maid so she can cull information for the story. She discovers that Hargrave's mother (Helen Dunbar) is pushing him into a marriage with a prim and proper (and wholly unappealing) young lady. Since Ann is falling in love with Hargrave herself, she decides to break up the engagement by leaving a few flimsy feminine things lying around Hargrave's room. The finance finds them and calls off the wedding. Meanwhile, Ann has been sweetly flirting with Hargrave, and he's falling for her, too. When he discovers her real identity, and that she was assigned to do a story on him, it only briefly puts the brakes on the growing relationship. Ann decides to kill the story, and wins her man. At the time this picture was released, Minter was only months away from having her career cruelly destroyed by the murder of director William Desmond Taylor. While Minter almost certainly had nothing to do with his death, the scandal surrounding her love for the much older man ruined her in motion pictures.



deception, disguise, maid, marriage-arranged, mother, reporter, writer, interview