Ex-Flame (1931)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 68 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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As the low-budget Liberty Pictures Corporation emerged from the chrysalis of the late Tiffany Studios, the new company inherited the 1931 Tiffany production Ex-Flame. Marian Nixon plays Lady Catherine Hamilton, whose fascination with a dashing criminal results in an unpleasant divorce and a messy custody battle between herself and her titled husband (Neil Hamilton). Years later, a disguised Lady Catherine shows up as a nurse, in order to be close to her dying young son. If you recognize this plot, then you're familiar with East Lynne, the hoary old stage piece upon which Ex-Flame is based. The film's attempt to update the story only serves to emphasize its creaky plot contrivances.

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aristocracy, custody, decadence, divorce, extramarital-affair