A Private Scandal (1921)

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Philip and Carol Lawton (Ralph Lewis and Kathlyn Williams) adopt Jeanne Millette, a French war orphan (May McAvoy). Her loyalty to the Lawtons, and to their little daughter, Betty (Gladys Fox), is unshakable; a romance with Jerry Hayes, who works for Lawton as a trainer (Bruce Gordon), should make her life complete. The Lawtons are having marital difficulties: Philip spends most of his time with his race horses, leaving Carol to feel neglected. As a result, she encourages the attentions of Alec Crosby (Lloyd Whitlock), and the illicit couple make plans to run away together while Lawton is off at a distant race track. Jeanne, however, convinces her to stay for Betty's sake. Philip returns, his suspicions regarding Crosby aroused, and he confronts his wife. Jeanne jumps in and claims that Crosby was carrying on with her, not Mrs. Lawton. Hayes catches Jeanne sneaking Crosby out of the house and the two men come to blows. Crosby dies when he falls from a balcony. Hayes realizes that Jeanne is innocent, and the Lawtons reconcile.

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business-trip, claim, conflict, couple, extramarital-affair, father, France, lover, orphan, rumors, scandal, trip, wife