Does It Pay? (1923)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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That creaky old plot about the older married man leaving his wife for a younger woman is dragged out for this mediocre Fox feature. John Weston (Robert T. Haines) has been married to Martha (Florence Short) for 25 years. Their children Jack (Walter Petri) and Alice (Peggy Shaw) are grown, and Weston has become quite bored with the monotony at home. When Martha hires Doris Clark (Hope Hampton) as a companion, he immediately becomes interested in her. He doesn't realize that Doris -- who has a male accomplice -- is out to vamp him and get her hands on his money. She easily succeeds, and Weston divorces his wife to marry her. The day inevitably comes when Weston comes home and finds Doris in the arms of another man. He has a nervous breakdown, but is restored to health through the love of his daughter. Now cured, he returns to Martha, a much wiser man.

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amnesia, con/scam, father, marriage, mental-illness, romance, seduction