Breath of a Scandal (1924)

Run Time - 73 min.  |  
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This domestic drama features Patsy Ruth Miller in the lead. Because his wife, Helen (Myrtle Steadman), has immersed herself in her women's club activities, the neglected Charles Hale (Lou Tellegen) takes up with divorcee Sybil Russell (Betty Blythe). Her jealous ex-husband (Frank Leigh) finds Hale in Sybil's apartment and shoots him. Hale is not seriously hurt, but everyone -- with the exception of Helen, who is at a convention -- discovers the affair. Hale's daughter, Marjorie (Miller), who worshipped him, is disillusioned and she leaves home for the slums so that she can discover the true nature of men. Sybil's ex-husband uses her to get more vengeance by putting her into a compromising position at a road house. The place is about to be raided, but the district attorney, who is Marjorie's sweetheart, keeps her from creating a scandal of her own. Hale finally gives up Sybil and makes up with Marjorie. Helen returns, still blissfully ignorant of everything that has gone on in her absence.