Women Love Diamonds (1927)

Run Time - 55 min.  |  
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Also known as Women Love Diamonds, this MGM picture was to have been a Greta Garbo vehicle, but when Garbo went on strike for a higher salary the film was deferred to contractee Pauline Starke. The story concerns the beautiful mistress (Starke) of an elderly millionaire (Lionel Barrymore), who falls in love with younger, handsomer Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Upon announcing his intention to marry Starke, Moore is told flatly that such a union is impossible: it turns out that the girl is of illegitimate birth. But Starke proves that she has more inner nobility than anyone else in the family when she selflessly acts as surrogate mother to the children of mortally injured chauffeur Owen Moore. It seems fairly certain that, by refusing to appear in Women Love Diamonds, Garbo didn't hurt her career one teeny bit.