Nancy Claxton ( Norma Shearer ) disappears when her wealthy father is involved in a scandal and becomes a teacher in a small Pennsylvania town. There she meets Eugene Curry ( John Gilbert ), also a teacher. He is determined to climb the ladder of wealthy society, shuns his Mennonite family, and fawns on anyone of prominence. Eugene marries Nancy but continues his affair with wealthy Dorothy Rensheimer ( Phyllis Haver ); and Eugene's friend Herrick Appleton ( Conrad Nagel ) recognizes Nancy as his childhood sweetheart. Nancy gives birth to a stillborn child, blames the tragedy on her awareness of a letter to Dorothy from Eugene, and reveals to him that she is an heiress. Suddenly contrite, Eugene tries to regain his wife's love, but Nancy announces her intention to divorce him so as to marry Herrick.
This 1924 silent drama was based on the novel The Snob: The Story of a Marriage by Helen Reimensnyder Martin, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, starring John Gilbert, Norma Shearer, Conrad Nagel, Phyllis Haver and Hedda Hopper. Sadly, The Snob is now considered a lost silent film.
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