Fifty-Fifty (1916)

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The charm of Norma Talmadge and the directorial savvy of Allan Dwan were combined to make Fifty-Fifty an odds-on winner. Talmadge plays Naomi, a young aspiring artist known to her Bohemian friends as "The Nut." Naomi's alleged nuttiness does not in any way impede the efforts by wealthy Frederick Harmon (J.W. Johnston) to make the unworldly heroine his bride. When their first baby is born, Naomi becomes so obsessed with motherhood that she completely ignores poor Harmon, who, to offset his loneliness, begins squiring the vampish Helen Carew (Marie Chambers). Helen manages to convince Harmon that Naomi has been unfaithful, leading inevitably to divorce-court litigation. On the witness stand, Naomi desperately attempts to retain full custody of her baby by claiming that her husband Harmon is not the child's father. But the Judge sees through this strategy, and in his closed chambers he convinces Naomi and Harmon to forgive, forget, and start all over again.

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custody-battle, extramarital-affair, first-love, judge, love-triangle