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The Marriage Price
Director: Emile Chautard (Dir)
Release Date:   9 Mar 1919
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Cast: Elsie Ferguson  (Helen Tremaine)
  Wyndham Standing  (Frederick Lawton)
  Lionel Atwill  (Kenneth Gordon)

Summary: After pleasure-loving Helen Tremaine learns that her father lost his money and killed himself, she rejects Archie Van Orden's offer of help. Seeing him try to caress her, Western millionaire Frederick Lawton, a friend of her father's, hurls Van Orden down stairs. After Helen rejects the advice of Kenneth Gordon, an idler to whom she considers herself practically engaged, to marry Lawton for his money, she tries to earn her own living. As a last resort, she agrees to marry Lawton after she fails to become a motion picture actress and almost starves. Van Orden, with the help of Gordon, who convinces Helen that Lawton lied to her, seemingly ruins Lawton. Learning that the stocks she thought her father left her were really Lawton's which he gave to her so she would not have to marry him out of desperation, Helen offers Lawton her jewels, but he reveals that he planned the situation so she would see Gordon's true character. 

Distribution Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Artcraft Pictures
Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Director: Emile Chautard (Dir)
  Al Lena (Asst dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
Writer: Eve Unsell (Scen)

Subject Major: False accusations
  Marriage--Forced by circumstances
  Tests of character
Subject Minor: Idlers
  Motion picture actors and actresses

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