Declasse (1925)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |  
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Corinne Griffith is Lady Helen Haden, who is unhappily married to the brutish Sir Bruce Haden (Rockliffe Fellowes). Lady Helen finds true love with Ned Thayer (Lloyd Hughes), the American brother-in-law of her friend, Mrs. Leslie (Lilyan Tashman). Because of her marriage, she writes him a letter urging him to leave. Mrs. Leslie gets her hand on the note and uses it to force Thayer to help her cheat at cards. In spite of Mrs. Leslie's threats, Lady Helen exposes the both of them. As a result, Thayer goes to Africa and Sir Bruce discovers the affair. He divorces Lady Helen, who travels to America. Rudolph Solomon (Clive Brook) wants to make her his mistress and presses his suit as her funds are running dangerously low. Thayer hears of Helen's scandalous divorce and comes to America in search of her. He finds out that she is at Solomon's, finally about to give in to his offer. At the last moment, she dashes out of Solomon's home and throws herself in front of a car, but Thayer saves her. Solomon at last behaves like a gentleman and steps aside so the couple can reunite. This picture was based on the Zoƫ Akins play, which starred Ethel Barrymore on Broadway.

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damsel-in-distress, jewel, love, love-triangle, poverty, rescue, romance