Mary Wayne (Constance Talmadge) is left alone and penniless in New York City after her father dies. She desperately needs a job after being thrown out of her apartment for causing a small fire while cooking. She becomes fast friends at an employment agency with a sick girl, Nell Norcross, and assumes Nell's identity and good references to begin work as a secretary for an elderly socialite, Caroline Marshall. However, Mary soon finds herself playing wrangler to the old woman's college-dropout nephew, William "Bill" Marshall (Vincent Coleman). Bill is much more interested in going to illegal boxing matches with his buddy Peter Stearns (Ned Sparks) than he is throwing lavish dinner parties for his family's high-society friends. While Mary tries to do her job and keep her true identity from being discovered, William begins to fall in love.
POWDER PUFF VS. BOXING GLOVES (original trade ad-all caps)
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According to the film's original Variety review (published in September 1920), the story for Good References was first published as a serial in the "All Story" pulp magazine. See more