Cast & Crew
Mary Baker, who lives with her widowed mother in the country and is bored with her rustic suitor, Johnny Applebloom, longs to be in the city. When a motion picture company comes to Mary's New Jersey town to film a Western, Mary's fright at seeing "Indians" ruins a take, but serves to introduce her to leading man Kenneth Driscoll. After Driscoll invites Mary to the studio, Mary's attractiveness lands her the role of ingenue, but she fails her screen test and disconsolately prepares to return home. Driscoll, who earlier evaded his long-time lover, actress Vivian Carleton, for the company of a younger minor actress, now offers to support Mary in the city. When she reluctantly agrees, Driscoll arranges a wine party to celebrate. During the party, Mary's mother arrives, as Mary, drunk for the first time, is the gayest. Driscoll succeeds in keeping Mary's mother unaware of his intentions toward Mary, and suggests that Mary return home. Johnny meets her at the station, while Driscoll and Vivian are reconciled.
The working title of this film was A Movie Romance. Modern sources say that Josef von Sternberg and Maurice Tourneur appeared in the film and that Ben Carré was the art director. A viewing of a print of the film strongly supports claims of von Sternberg's participation, playing the part of the cameraman who shoots the film-within-the-film. In early 1917, von Sternberg was Brady's advisor and also worked as a film editor and assistant director at World Film Corp. Viewing the film also brought up the possibility that Emilé Chautard, a director at World, played a bit part in the movie-within-the-movie.