Bought! (1931)

Raised in poverty by a never-married mother, Stephanie Dale resents her mother’s working-class sensibilities. Dreaming of a rich lifestyle Stephanie gets a job modeling as a modiste shop. Executive David Meyer notices her and is immediately attracted to her. One day Stephanie returns home to find that her mother has died. David and Stephanie get involved, they share an interest in books, but she’s put off by his age, clothes, and manners. Young, handsome Nick Amory is also interested in Stephanie, but she prefers David’s wealth and interests.

Director: Archie Mayo.
Stars: Constance Bennett, Ben Lyon, Richard Bennett, Dorothy Peterson, Ray Milland, Arthur Stuart Hull, Clara Blandick, Maude Eburne, Doris Lloyd, Paul Porcasi, Barbara Leonard, Mae Madison.

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Note: this copy comes from a 16mm print made in the 1950s by AAP for television, I have raised brightness and contrast a bit to improve the image, it’s still very dark in some parts but overall I think it’s watchable. 

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