The Beginning of Wildflower's First Romance
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The Dainty, Magnetic Star
IN FOUR PARTS OF MOTION PICTURES
Produced by the Famous Players Film Co.
"Remember, we are only pretending I am your wife!"
MARGUERITE CLARK in "WILDFLOWER"
The Wild Flower is made a society orchid.
Wildflower makes it difficult for the modistes.
Wildflower wavers between love and fear.
Cast of Characters
IN FOUR PARTS OF MOTION PICTURES
In the beautiful woodland drama of "Wildflower," by Mary Germaine, Marguerite Clark portrays the character of the dainty and bwwitching little forest flower, whose real name is Letty.
Letty Roberts, a pretty and unsophisticated child of Nature, drfeams and frolics her time away on a little farm on the edge of the woods, far from the city. One day a stranger comes, Arnold Boyd, a wealthy man who has chosen the seclusion of the forest as a rest from wearisome society duties. He meets Letty, and is delighted with her daintiness and fragile beauty, and at once makes friends with the shy little creature of the woods. He thinks of her only as an interesting child, however, and when visited by his scapegrace brother, Gerald, who is by his own confession "a constant worshipper at the shrine of woman," Arnold views with alarm and discomfort Gerald's flirtatious attitude toward little Letty. Gerald hails Arnold's nickname of "Wildflower" as appropriate to Letty, and begins an ardent courtship of the child-woman, whose innocence and ignorance lead her to mistake the dross for gold. After a tempestous wooing, Letty is swept off her feet by the impetuous Gerald, and elopes with him. Arnold learns of the elopement, and immediately pursues the pair, reaching them just after the wedding ceremony has been concluded. After a struggle with his brother, Arnold knocks Gerald down, and by means of train and auto spirits Letty away from hre new-mad husband, despite her desperate efforts to escape, all of which he thwarts. Arnold take Letty to the old Fifth Avenue mansion of the Boyds in new York, and introduces her there to the members of the household as his wife, telling Letty this course is necessary to protect her reputation, but not fully explaining why. Even Letty's parents, who know of the elopement, do not know which of the Boyds she has married.
Overborne by Arnold's arguments and masterful manner, Letty reluctantly consents to remain in the Boyd home for a time, as Arnold's "wife in name only," till such time as Gerald should come to claim her, which she is sure will be soon. The situations which follow swiftly illustrate in turn Letty's ignorance of the world, her natural innocence, her unfamiliarity with the customs and manners of society, her hot temper, and finally, her generosity and sympathy. The strange secret that Arnold is guarding from her is at last revealed, and there is a mighy readjustment of relations. The stern, elder brother, who had at first only sought to save a woman's reputation, and guard his own family honor, now comes to dream only of love. There is a tremendous renunciation on Letty's part, that at first almost crushes the delicate girl, but becomes less terrible as she realizes the noble nature of the man who has guarded her. At the crisis of the drama her own strength and character is the determining force; the wild flower of the woods becomes as a flaming bush, before which both men bow in awe of an innocence as defensive as the strongest armour. As Letty grows to know Arnold better she finds that the older brother is not the cruel master she had thought him, but the finer man of the two, and at last the drooping little Wildflower revives and blooms happily in the garden of Arnold's faithful love.
with Marguerite Clark, Harold Lockwood and James Cooley. Directed by Alan Dwan. Lasky/Paramount.
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Last Modified August 7, 2015.