A Lady and Her Maid (1913)
Comedy | Short
The photographer sends miss Ophelia a dozen photographs of her in different poses. Selecting the best one, she presents it to her favorite boarder, Billy, who does not think much of it and who gets very indignant when it is compared with the photo of his sweetheart. Miss Ophelia goes up to her room in tears and tells her faithful maid, Belinda, that her heart is broken. Belinda goes down and forcibly tells Billy what she thinks of him. Miss Ophelia resolves on suicide, because no one seems to love her. Belinda gets back in time to prevent this and, to divert her mistress, she suggests that they go together to a beauty specialist. Arriving there, both receive attention. Miss Ophelia gets a new complexion, while Belinda gets new teeth. Both invest in new gowns and dresses and the transformation is complete. At supper time, the boarders are all astounded. Miss Ophelia is really nice-looking and arouses the jealousy of all the ladies, so much attention does she receive from the gentlemen. Receiving no return to their advances to Miss Ophelia, they try to flirt with Belinda, who now appears like a trim French maid. She turns them all down very coldly, very much to their surprise. Billy's heart unaccountably changes and he seeks out Miss Ophelia to propose to her. His offer is indignantly refused and he is still more astonished, when, a few minutes later, he and all the other boarders receive notice to quit the house. A sign "For Sale," is placed outside the door and Miss Ophelia and her maid, Belinda, drive off in an automobile before everyone, none of whom can account for the sudden transformation of their erstwhile boarding mistress's appearance and habits. Miss Ophelia decides to try the effect of her newly-acquired fascinations in higher spheres and hopes now to be able to make a notable conquest and enter at last the much-longed-for haven of matrimony.