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Phyllis wants to marry Bobby, but Father won't permit it until older sister Celia weds. So Celia invents a military fiancée in Arabia, unimaginatively christens him John Smith, writes him a love letter, and then kills him off. Only there really is a Col. John Smith. Written by
When Bobby comes into the room to remind Celia of that night's dinner party, a shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving back and forth across a tabletop at the bottom of the screen. See more »
He bids you wear this, always, on your bosom.
[places watch on chain around her neck]
For Smith's sake, whom we both love.
[drops watch down front of her dress. She fishes down her dress as Smith observes from above. The following line has no audio on surviving prints]
By Jove! I say, that's ripping of you!
[turns startled as audio returns]
I beg your pardon!
I am thanking you in my dead comrade's name.
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Long-forgotten release from First National Pictures has a fairly hoary plot, but will surely be of interest to fans of sassy Dorothy Mackaill, real-life Ziegfeld Follies star who attained quite a following in the late 1920s. She has the lead here, playing a woman who invents a lover after her family pressures her to marry. Despite the presence of Dorothy (mercurial as ever) and co-star Basil Rathbone, there's not much excitement in this flimsy scenario. Film-historians and movie buffs of the Pre-Code Era might take a look. Still, the only funny line comes when a nerdy gentleman remarks to Mackaill, "You almost look like a man." She tells him, "So do you...almost." *1/2 from ****
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