Paying the Piper (1921) - Rotten Tomatoes

Paying the Piper (1921)





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This drama, written by Ouida Bergere, made the rather unoriginal observation that money did not buy happiness. Larry Grahame (Rod LaRocque) marries Barbara Wyndham (Dorothy Dickson) only because he knows that his father, who wants to align forces with the Wyndham fortunes, will give him a million dollars for the match. Larry callously leaves his chorus girl girlfriend, Marcia Marillo (Alma Tell), to go ahead with the wedding. Barbara, meanwhile, toys with the heart of Keith Larne (Reginald Denny), a young architect. Eventually Larne gets wise to her and marries Marcia. When Larry and Barbara's fathers lose their fortunes in the stock market, they find themselves penniless and friendless. Larne gives Larry a job, but Barbara is not happy with their reduced circumstances. She tries being an actress and is shocked that her formal social standing means nothing in the theatrical world. She becomes involved with a man and is dining with him when his wife shows up. She shoots her philandering husband dead and locks Barbara in a room to suffer the consequences. Barbara just barely manages to escape. Now that she's learned her lesson, she and Larry look toward a better, more honest future. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi


Dorothy Dickson
as Barbara Wyndham
Katherine Emmett
as Mrs. Wyndham
George Fawcett
as Gohn Grahame
Reginald Denny
as Keith Larne
Rod La Roque
as Larry Grahame
Alma Tell
as Marcia Marillo
Robert Schable
as Richard Wyndham
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Critic Reviews for Paying the Piper

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Paying the Piper is beautifully set, done with a "spare no expense" air and you may like it. Try it and see.

May 17, 2021 | Full Review…

Miss Dickson is not starred, but if any one has a right to be certainly she has, for she dominates the production to such an extent that you don't think much about any one else while she is on the screen.

December 30, 2019 | Full Review…

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