Jerry Benham ( Harold Lockwood ), the ten-year-old heir to a vast fortune, must remain on the Benham estate, where he has no contact with any female, until his twenty-first birthday, according to the will. Ten years later, while fishing, Jerry meets beautiful Una Habberton ( Vera Sisson ), who has wandered through a broken gate onto the estate. She returns many times to their "Paradise Garden," and an affection grows between them. However, when Jerry's kindly guardian, Roger Canby ( William Clifford ), finds them together, he sends Una away. Upon reaching twenty-one, Jerry, curious to see New York, goes there with another mentor, Jack Ballard ( Lester Cuneo ), and is introduced to the business and society life. Despite Roger's warnings, Jerry becomes infatuated with Marcia Van Wyck ( Virginia Rappae ), an idle-rich temptress who teaches him how to kiss, but thoughts of Una still linger. At a party, when Jerry catches Marcia kissing Ballard, he throws Ballard over a stair rail, thus disrupting the evening. Jerry repulses Marcia's advances, tears her dress down the back, and returns home. Roger arranges for Una to appear at the spot where they first met, and they are reconciled.
This 1917 silent comedy/romance was based on a novel, Paradise Garden, by George Gibbs. Produced by Yorke Film Corporation, starring Harold Lockwood and featuring Virginia Rappe, who died under scandalous circumstances in 1921. The survival status of Paradise Garden is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent.
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