Young widow Janet Loring ( Myrtle Stedman ) marries millionaire Malcolm Trask ( Frank Truesdell ), keeping her former marriage secret and deserting her son Ranny. Ranny becomes a street urchin, eventually joining the household of a bookseller and her granddaughter, Margy. Janet regrets her desertion of the boy and advertises for his return. Marcio ( Joseph Swickard ), a notorious blackmailer, sends Ranny ( William Collier Jr. ) to pose as her son, unaware that he really is the one. Ranny takes money from his mother to buy a cottage for his fiancée, Margy ( Mary Philbin ), but becomes conscience-stricken and admits that he is an impostor. When Janet convinces him that he actually is her son, Trask welcomes the boy as his own, and Ranny marries his sweetheart.
This 1923 silent melodrama was produced by Arthur H. Jacobs Corporation, featuring many young actors including Mary Philbin. The survival status of The Age of Desire is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent.
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