Beauty's worth ★★★

Marion Davies has been raised in the Quaker beliefs of her loving aunts who have taught her modesty and quiet living in a small family circle. Davies and her aunts dress in old-fashioned, Quaker-style clothes.

Davies, invited to a week-long party at the home of an old friend of her aunts, is out of place, the young, fun-loving guests shun her. A visiting artist, who avoids the shallow partygoers, sees the fine qualities under Davies’ plain dress and befriends her. When Davies changes her clothes and dresses in a modern style, she reveals her youthful beauty and gains the interest many of the young men at the party, including the son of the house who proposes. The artists asks her if she wants to wed this silly young man, and Davies shows him who she really loves.

Marion Davies had youth, beauty, and charm; her films are pleasant entertainment. The finest aspect of the film is the setting, the rocky Carmel coast of central California. Panoramic shots of the characters include the scenic beauty surrounding them. Both Beauty’s Worth and The Bride’s Play (1921), Davies’ proceeding movie, were the work of cinematographer Ira H. Morgan who filmed many beautiful images of the picturesque landscape.