23 September 2018 | boblipton
After the Ball is Over
Leatrice Joy throws over her rich fiance, Conrad Nagel, to wed her chauffeur, Jack Mower. Her uncle, Theodore Roberts, disinherits her. Nagel shows some initiative by marrying his pretty laundress, Edith Roberts. Neither his mother nor his snobbish sister, played by Julia Faye, care for this. Both couples insist they are happy, even though Leatrice burns the roast and Edith falls asleep at dinner parties. Matters continue to worsen in Cecil DeMille's movie about what happens after 'they lived happily ever after.'
This is one of DeMille's movies about the rich having a great time in the first five reels until the price is paid in the sixth, and there are wild parties aplenty; Miss Roberts watches the Best People behave like fools, and then takes off for Coney Island,
Demille's message is essentially normative, as it usually is: like should marry like, but first, let's make some whoopee, because it's fun to watch the big mistakes, like Edith trying to eat soap. The performances are all pretty good, but as usual, Teddy Roberts steals the show