Walk-Offs (1920)

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The farce comedy of this Frederick and Fanny Hatton stage play did not translate very well to the screen. Kathleen Rutherford (May Allison and her brother Schuyler (Darrell Foss) are members of the "genteel poor" until Schuyler marries a rich girl (Effie Conley). They are able to live off the wife's income until she gets fed up with Schuyler's flirtations and divorces him. After that Kathleen has a choice -- either marry the elderly, but well-heeled, Murry Van Allan (Joseph Kilgour) or go to work. She opts for the latter and becomes a companion to sculptor Mary Carter (Kathleen Kerrigan). Mary's wealthy nephew, Robert Shirley Winston (Emory Johnson), arrives from Kentucky and Kathleen overhears him call her and her brother "walk-offs" -- a term for shallow freeloaders with no substance or brains. Kathleen is steamed over this and decides to get even. She has Mary introduce her to Winston under a different name and then proceeds to make him fall in love with her, with the firm intention of dumping him. Everything goes as planned and Kathleen accepts old Van Allan's proposal. But she eventually realizes that she's being foolish because she has fallen in love with Winston herself. She breaks her engagement with Van Allan and marries Winston instead.