Daytime Wives (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |  
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This domestic drama played up the hard-working secretary versus lazy wife scenario. Ruth Holt (Derelys Perdue) is the capable secretary, who is far more of a helpmate to architect Elwood Adams (Wyndham Standing) than his indolent wife, Francine (Grace Darmond). The lazy Francine spends her days going through Adams' money and enjoying the questionable attentions of lounge lizard Larry Gilfeather (Kenneth Gibson). Ruth, meanwhile, keeps a close eye on Adams' work and keeps his firm from falling apart. One day, in the midst of a business crisis, Adams has to introduce Ruth to banker Amos Martin (William Conklin) as his wife. Gilfeather informs Francine of this and she causes Ruth no small amount of grief. Francine comes close to ruining her husband's business, but Ruth helps the warring couple reconcile. She also finds love with Martin, enabling her to become a wife all the time.

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career, forgiveness, impersonation, oppression, secretary, woman, women's-issues