Beauty Unadorned (1913)
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Commodore Blunt, a wealthy, well-preserved man of about fifty, and Mrs. Preston, a well-preserved woman of about forty-two, have for some time looked forward to an alliance between their respective children, Henry and Helen. Helen is a charming, thoroughly unaffected girl, very fond of athletics, which has given her a splendid physique and natural beauty. Henry is a fine, healthy specimen of young manhood. They are about to fulfill the wishes of their parents when Henry meets Irene Pearl, and becomes desperately infatuated with her, while Helen, in turn, meets a foreign adventurer, the Viscount De Gagaine, and falls victim to his apparent charms. This causes the two parents great concern. The Commodore, discovering they intend to elope, proposes to Mrs. Preston that they all take a trip on his private yacht. In this way he hopes to gain time and find some way out of the difficulty. The Commodore discovers by accident that the charms of his guests are false. Irene Pearl happens to get into Henry's cabin, mistaking it for her own The Commodore looks in at the window and is surprised when he sees, not his son, but Irene, who places her light wig on the bureau, along with a pair of eyelashes and other accessories. He then goes to the Viscount's cabin, where he finds the Viscount brushing a false toupee and placing a set of false teeth on the bureau. Under the pretense of shipwreck, the Commodore plans to disclose the adventurers. He first, with the aid of a fishing line and rod, gets Irene's false make-up through the window and the Viscount's toupee and false teeth, all of which he carefully drops into the sea. A revelation comes to Henry and Helen, when their respective sweethearts are seen without their disguises. The revelation brings about a complete change of affections, much to the satisfaction of the Commodore and Mrs. Preston, when their children beg forgiveness of each other, and decide to end all discord in their marriage.
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