What's Worth While? | Chicago Reader

What's Worth While?

75 minutes 1921

An eastern debutante falls in love with her father’s business partner, a rugged young oil prospector out west, but his crude ways will never do, and they part sadly; hoping to bridge the social gulf, he spends two years educating himself in Europe, but she decides she liked him better as a Marlboro man. Pioneering filmmaker Lois Weber earned a reputation in Hollywood as a groomer of screen stars, and this sly romantic comedy (1921) pairs two of her more talented discoveries: Louis Calhern and Claire Windsor (whose name was Ola Cronk when Weber spotted her in the cafeteria at Paramount Pictures). The two went on to star in Weber's masterpiece The Blot (1921), and Calhern enjoyed a long career as a character actor in the talking era (he played Ambassador Trentino in the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup and the title character in Joseph Mankiewicz's Julius Caesar).

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