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The American Beauty (1927)

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9 October 1927 (USA)  »

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Was eine schöne Frau begehrt  »

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Tragic Loss For Silent Cinema
9 February 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Millicent Howard ( Billie Dove ), a young girl of no means but of great beauty, keeps up an appearance of wealth by clever ruses, hoping to catch a millionaire husband, although she lives at a cheap boardinghouse with her mother. While she is being wooed by Jerry ( Lloyd Hughes ), a young chemist, Millicent meets Archibald Claverhouse ( Walter McGrail ), a wealthy young man who becomes infatuated with her and proposes marriage, but she is undecided which to choose. When she is invited to dinner by Claverhouse, Milly spoils her gown and decides to wear one owned by Mrs. Gillespie, sent to her mother's cleaning shop; but unfortunately the lady is present and denounces her for stealing the gown. Humiliated and defeated, Millicent admits her fakery to Claverhouse and goes home. There she finds that Jerry has accepted a job in South America, and she catches him after a mad dash to the station.

This 1927 drama/romance was from the short story "American Beauty" by Wallace Irwin, produced by First National Pictures and starred Billie Dove and Lloyd Hughes. It was also known as The Beautiful Fraud in the United Kingdom and was released in Germany and Austria in 1928. Tragically it now remains a lost film and fans of silent cinema hold hope a copy survives and resurfaces for public viewing.

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