Divorce (1923)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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The "shocking" (by 1923 standards) title to this picture was just a smokescreen -- in reality, it was merely a domestic soap opera geared toward women film fans. Jane Novak and John Bowers star as Jane and Jim Parker, a happily wed couple with a little boy, Dickie (Philippe DeLacy). Jim works for Jane's father, and when he earns a promotion, he insists on getting a big, impressive home so he can entertain his new friends and business associates. His extravagant lifestyle does not suit Jane, who begins to fall behind socially. Not surprisingly, Jim becomes easy prey for the most convenient vamp, Gloria Gayne (Margaret Livingston), and soon his marriage is on the rocks. Divorce proceedings begin and Jim loses his cushy job. Finally he realizes what he has sacrificed on the altar of ambition and regrets the choices he has made. He returns to the old cottage where he once knew happiness, and there are Jane and Dickie, waiting for him to come to his senses and return home.

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divorce, father, husband, love-conquers-all, marital-problems, marriage, parent, understanding, vamp, wife