Gloria Swanson plays Tessie McGuire, a shopgirl who, when her boyfriend breaks their date one evening, goes to a party with a louche crowd of artists and hangers-on. She wows them with some zesty mimicry, and so gains an introduction to a better-paying job, impersonating a high-toned Russian countess to attract snobby customers into a dressmaker's establishment.
- When her boyfriend, Jimmy, forgets a date, Tessie McGuire, a department store clerk, attends a party at the studio of Robert Brandt where she makes a hit with impersonations. There Riccardi offers her a job impersonating a Russian countess in his style emporium.
While she is fighting off suitors, Jimmy becomes successful with his automobile invention. However, when he returns to find Tessie wealthy in gowns, he accuses her of being "manhandled." Repenting her mistake, she is forgiven when he realizes her true feelings. The film was based on the short story "Manhandled" by Arthur Stringer in Satuday Evening Post in 1924.
(Source: AFI Catalogue)