Reared with a taste for the finer things in life, Norma Brisbane ( Bessie Barriscale ) learns after her father's suicide that she is penniless. Determined to regain her fortune in the easiest manner possible, Norma poses as the wife of her silly but wealthy suitor, Cuthbert Van Zelt ( Albert Cody ), and soon she is invited to a number of lavish social affairs. At one such party, Norma steals the Duke of Duffield's ( Frank Leigh ) family jewels but replaces them upon learning that they are made of paste. Next, she bets the duke that his jewels are fake and thereby wins a large sum of money. The duke persuades Norma to secure some old love letters from the man who is blackmailing him, Emerson Trent ( Melbourne MacDowell ). After accomplishing this task, Norma discovers that Trent is not only the man who ruined her father, but the uncle of the man she loves, Oliver Garrett ( R. Henry Grey ). Impressed by her courage, Trent promises to make amends, and Norma, her financial worries ended, marries Oliver.
This 1919 silent comedy/drama was produced by Bessie Barriscale Productions ( B.B. Features) also starring the actress. The survival status of " All of a Sudden Norma " is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.
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