Enticement (1925)

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While it seems extremely tame now, Clive Arden's novel was considered quite racy in its day. While doing relief work in Belgium, Leonore Bewlay, a little American girl (Mary Astor), meets Richard Valyran, an opera singer (Ian Keith). After the war's end, they meet again in Switzerland. Leonore, or Leo, has grown into a lovely young woman, but she doesn't realize that this changes her relationship to Valyran, who becomes infatuated with her. Leo is hurt in an avalanche and she's shocked when Valyran kisses her after coming to her aid. She marries Englishman Henry Wallis (Clive Brook), whom she really loves, but his relatives disapprove of her. Valyran's wife sues for divorce and names Leo as corespondent. Wallis believes she really has done something wrong. To keep Leo's life from being ruined, Valyran kills himself. Wallis, humbled by Valyran's sacrifice, reunites with Leo.

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aristocracy, avalanche, culture-clash, personality, suicide