The Gilded Dream

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The Gilded Dream
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Directed by Rollin S. Sturgeon
Screenplay by Doris Schroeder
Based onThe Gilded Dream
by Katherine Leiser Robbins
Starring Carmel Myers
Tom Chatterton
Elsa Lorimer
Zola Claire
May McCulley
Boyd Irwin
Distributed byUniversal Film Manufacturing Company
Release date
  • October 1920 (1920-10)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Gilded Dream is a 1920 American drama film directed by Rollin S. Sturgeon and written by Doris Schroeder. The film stars Carmel Myers, Tom Chatterton, Elsa Lorimer, Zola Claire, May McCulley, and Boyd Irwin. The film was released in October 1920, by Universal Film Manufacturing Company. [1] [2] [3]



As described in a film magazine, [4] recently orphaned Leona (Myers) works hard at a millinery shop in a small town but dreams of a golden future. She goes to New York City where she is taken under the wing of her godmother Geraldine de Forest (Lorimer), a friend of her mother. There she starts an intensive campaign to obtain a gilded marriage using her youth, beauty, and charm. Millionaire Frazer Boynton (Irwin) falls in love with her and proposes, and this seems the goal of her dreams. She has also met another man, Jasper Halroyd (Chatterton), a lovable idler, who becomes devoted solely to her. She finds herself being drawn towards him, but is warned by Geraldine, who is jealous. Leona accepts Frazer after a disappointment with Jasper, whom she tries to forget in the glamour of her gilded dream. An obnoxious country lover visits her and has to be disposed of. Then each day she becomes more disillusioned with life and more miserable. When Geraldine and her go to a country place for vacation, Jasper shows up, he on his way to San Francisco for some big work there. An accident occurs with Leona being rescued by Jasper, and she finds that she loves him, worthy or unworthy. By pursuing her gilded dream, she had become as the society people in New York, so she determines to leave them and find her dreams by her own effort and work. She breaks her engagement with Frazer and Geraldine, concerned by the scandal it will create, orders her from the house and declines to have anything more to do with her. Geraldine also admits that an accusation she made about Jasper was a lie. Now penniless but with renewed self respect, Leona starts for the city where Jasper is waiting.


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