What a shame Marguerite Clark's film debut, Wildflower is a lost film. The vivacious petite Clark stars in this light romantic drama. Arnold Boyd ( Harold Lockwood ) is a wealthy man who has gone on a retreat from his stressful life in New York city to relax in the quiet country. He is soon attracted to Letty Roberts ( Marguerite Clark ) a sweet but naive young country girl. They become friends, however Arnold's unscrupulous brother Gerald ( James Cooley ) shows up and charms the innocent Letty. To Arnold's dismay Letty falls for his seductive ways and the couple elopes. Arnold pursues them and drags newly-wed Letty away from the altar. He kidnaps her and prevents all her attempts to get away. He takes Letty to his Fifth Avenue mansion and falsely introduces her as his wife. He convinces her to go along with the ploy but won't reveal why. Finally the truth about Gerald comes out, he is already married, therefore his wedding to Letty was never legal. Letty now comes to respect Arnold's austere exterior and falls in love with him. Adolph Zuker presented the diminutive 31 yr old Broadway star as a Mary Pickford type, even casting brother Jack Pickford in a small role as country boy. Preview ads for the film declared Marguerite Clark as "The Wild Flower of the woods who withers away, then blooms again in this charming story-one that helped make her the popular star she is today." The film was directed by Allan Dwan and produced by Adolph Zukor and Daniel Frohman. Released on October 15, 1914, Marguerite Clark proved to be one of the few stage actresses to go on to super-stardom in silent films. Tragically this her first film is now presumed lost.
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