Joseph Urban and Cosmopolitan Films

Beauty's Worth

"Beauty's Worth" was Cosmopolitan Productions Number 31. It was directed by Robert G. Vignola, who had taken over direction of Davies' film "The Young Diana," and had already directed other Cosmopolitan films including "Enchantment."

It is based on a short story by Sophie Kerr that had appeared in The Saturday Evening Post in 1920, with scenario by Luther Reed. The film was relased on March 26, 1922.

The complete film is held by the Library of Congress and has been released on DVD.

From the TCM website: Prudence Cole (Marion Davies), a Quaker brought up by two conservative aunts, Elizabeth and Cynthia Whitney (Martha Mattox and Aileen Manning), is happy in her demure unsophistication until Henry Garrison (Hallam Cooley) and his mother (Truly Shattuck), formerly neighbors and friends of her family, visit the Whitneys.

Henry, snobbish and flirtatious, trifles with her affections and secretly despises her manner of dress. Mrs. Garrison invites Prudence for a visit to a fashionable seaside resort, and Henry, ashamed of her appearance, neglects her for Amy Tillson (June Elvidge).

To amuse themselves, the girls and boys appoint Prudence to persuade Cheyne Rovein (Forrest Stanley), an artist, to stage a charade at the hotel. She succeeds in doing so, and to their amazement she is chosen for the leading role. Her stunning appearance causes Henry to renew his interest in Prudence, but she chooses Rovein instead.

This strange scene appears to relates to the pantomime sequence at the hotel, with Davies appearing in various costumes as a shimmering pagan doll.

This is the only photograph relating to "Beauty's Worth" in the Urban archive, and the film it is not included in the scrapbooks. The people putting the scrapbooks together seem to have been confused, since there are quite a number of photographs of sets for "Beauty Shop," Cosmopolitan Productions No. 30, in Strapbook No. 3. But they have the pencil notations: Not by Joseph Urban.

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