Alimony (1917)

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According to the Moving Picture World, this drama was meant as an expose of the "lax divorce system prevailing in certain states, by which designing women have been enabled to exact heavy alimony from rich husbands." Bernice Flint (Josephine Whittell) divorces her rich husband (Wallace Worsley) and sets her sights on the equally rich Howard Turner (George Fisher). But Turner has no intention of marrying her and instead he is taken with the fresh innocence of Marjorie Lansing (Lois Wilson). When Turner and Marjorie wed, Bernice is furious and plots with her attorney, Stone (Arthur Allardt), to destroy the marriage. But Bernice's attempts to influence Marjorie are futile and Turner's own lawyer (Joseph J. Dowling) discovers the nefarious scheme. With her true nastiness revealed, Bernice shoots herself, while Turner and Marjorie remain happy together.