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Constance Talmadge stars here in a dual role: the unhappy wife and her vivacious sister who happens to be a famous dancer.
The story opens with Talmadge and husband (Ronald Colman) having a marital spat. They are bored with each other and she drives away to go home to mother. Colman gets consolation from pal George K. Arthur, while she (Helen) decides to go to the train station to meet her famous sister.
In a flurry of reporters and flashing light bulbs, the sister (Lola but known as La Perry) detrains and notices her mousy sister waving a handkerchief. During their reunion Helen tells her tale of woe to her worldly wise sister who comes up with a nutty scheme to teach Colman a lesson. Since the sister are identical twins, with only a beauty mark to tell them apart, La Perry goes to work on "renovating" Helen and turning her into an exact double.
Colman meets his sister in law and is attracted to the dazzling creature with bobbed hair, but so is his pal (Arthur), With Helen safely back home with mother (so he thinks) the guys take La Perry out on the town.
Colman falls for La Perry and they make plans to run away together, ending up at the very hotel where they spent their honeymoon. Eventually Colman only realizes what's happening when La Perry removes her beauty spot to prove she is really Helen after all.
Talmadge is terrific. At age 28 she's at the top of her form and stardom and even pulls off a large and gaudy production number. She works well with Colman; they had starred together the year before in HER NIGHT OF ROMANCE.
Talmadge would follow this film with THE DUCHESS OF BUFFALO in 1926. In 1927 she starred in VENUS OF VENICE and BREAKFAST AT SUNRISE which was released right around the time of THE JAZZ SINGER. In 1929 she went to France and made her final film, VENUS. Constannce Talmadge never made a talkie.
Of note here are the clothes designed by Adrian very early in his career. He was discovered by Natacha Rambova and designed for Valentino's THE EAGLE and COBRA as well as the unfinished THE HOODED FALCON. He also designed for Rambova's WHAT PRICE BEAUTY.
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