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Joan Royle, beautiful but naive model who came from the slums, falls for Fred Ketlar, the leader of a dance band. When Fred's estranged wife Adele is murdered, Fred is arrested and convicted of the crime. Joan believes that the real murderer is Baretta, a gangster who was keeping Adele as his mistress. Written by
Joan Daisy Royle ( Carol Dempster ) is the daughter of a drunken confidence man ( W. C. Fields ) and a sickly mother dependent upon drugs. A frail type, she has grown up innocent of the world's evils and finds inspiration in a statue of her ideal, Lincoln. She becomes a model, gets involved with a jazz set, and falls in love with Fred Ketlar ( Harrison Ford ), famous leader of a Chicago dance hall orchestra separated from his wife, Adele ( Marie Chambers ). Adele is killed, and Ketlar is arrested. Straitlaced Deputy District Attorney Calvin Clarke ( James Kirkwood ) becomes strangely attracted to Daisy, though she is a witness for the defense. Ketlar is convicted, and as the day of his execution nears, Daisy works frantically to save him. Learning that gangster George Baretta ( Paul Everton ) is the real culprit, she attracts his attention, thus arousing the jealousy of his girl. In the resulting quarrel, Baretta confesses, but Daisy is discovered and imprisoned in a cellar. A cyclone wrecks the building, the gangsters are killed, but Daisy is safe. Clarke finds her and they marry, while Ketlar is freed and marries a chorus girl.
This 1925 silent comedy/drama was based on the novel, That Royle Girl by Edwin Balmer. Produced by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation and directed by D.W. Griffith, starring Carol Dempster and Harrison Ford. While the production was underway, Griffith added W. C. Fields to the cast for a comedy relief supporting role as the heroine's inebriated stepfather. This film, along with Sally of the Sawdust, marked Griffith's return to working for an important Hollywood studio, (Paramount), something he hadn't experienced since leaving Biograph in 1914. He also had to work with a tight shooting script as Paramount executives Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky insisted the film be brought on schedule and on budget. Sadly, That Royle Girl now remains a lost silent film.
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