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The Understudy

The Understudy(1922)

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Tom Manning's father ( see note, below ) objects to the intense involvement of his son with Grace Lorimer, an actress. He sends Tom out west and notifies Grace that he is willing to pay any sum if she will give up claim to his heir. Unable to appear in person to claim the check, Grace persuades Mary Neil, a stagestruck girl, to impersonate her and to visit the elder Manning. Tom's father discovers through a photograph that she is not Grace, but he invites her to remain temporarily with the family. Tom is struck by Mary's beauty, and the family soon becomes attached to her. Before Grace can arrive to create a disturbance, Tom, with the consent of his father, marries Mary.