According to Colleen Moore's biography, Clara Bow only worked two days on the film before quitting. Moore says nothing of her fears about being upstaged by Bow and doesn't suggest that Bow gave any excuse to leave the production other than that she hated her role. See more »
Ellie Byrne ( Colleen Moore ) and Don Lane ( Ben Lyon ) grow up together, friends and neighbors, in the shabby section of a factory town. Don worships Stephanie Parrish ( Charlotte Merriam ), the wealthiest girl in town, while Ellie admires Preston Dutton ( Joseph Striker ), the most sought-after young man. Don goes to the city, determined to get an education, make money, and eventually win Stephanie. Ellie becomes a maid to a prominent actress, five years later she herself has become famous on the stage. Ellie writes a play about her early life of poverty. Don rewrites the play, which, opening in their hometown, is a great success. Stephanie agrees to marry Don, and Ellie gets engaged to Preston Dutton, but before the weddings Ellie and Don realize how hard they worked for each other.
This 1924 silent comedy starred popular silent screen actress, Colleen Moore and actor Ben Lyon. Clara Bow did not appear in the finished film, she appeared in early production footage but she asked to be released from the film and was edited out. Sadly, Painted People now remains a lost film.
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