Bread (1924)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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After seeing their mother (Eugenie Besserer) struggle to eke out a meager existence for her family, her daughters Jeanette (Mae Busch) and Alice (Wanda Hawley) take different paths. Jeanette finds work as a stenographer, while Alice marries a poor workman and gives birth to a brood of children. Jeanette has a suitor, Martin Devlin (Robert W. Frazer), but she turns him down until she is unfairly named co-respondent in her boss' divorce case. To save herself from scandal, Jeanette marries Devlin and tries to settle down. She is miserable over losing her independence, and Devlin's extravagant ways are no help. Jeanette finally decides to leave her husband and return to the working world. She is no happier there, and when she sees how happy Alice is as a stay-at-home mom -- poor as she is -- Jeanette reconciles with Devlin.

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career, husband, independence, marital-problems, reconciliation, separation, women's-issues