His Forgotten Wife (1924)

Sub-Genres - Marriage Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Madge Bellamy and Warner Baxter (in that order -- Bellamy was the bigger star at the time) have the leads in this improbable but well-done melodrama. When David Allen (Baxter) is reported killed during World War I, his fiancée, Corinne McRea (Maude Wayne), is willed all his property. Though the report was wrong and Allen is really alive -- he is shell-shocked and has lost his memory. His nurse, Suzanne (Bellamy), doesn't know who he is, so she gives him the name of a dead man, John Rolfe. They get married and come to America, finding work as the butler and maid of a mansion that just happens to be Allen's old home. Although the servants and Corinne recognize him, he doesn't know them. Finally the estate's trustee, Judge Henry (Tom Guise), comes to the conclusion that Rolfe is Allen and makes attempts to recover the estate, though Corinne wants to keep it and attempts to do so by taking the securities from the bank. Suzanne chases after her and gets them back, and Allen has an operation that restores his memory prior to the War, but he doesn't remember Suzanne -- until Corinne tries to have her arrested. When he sees his forgotten wife in trouble, Allen's memory of her returns and the couple is reunited.

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amnesia, doctor/nurse, love, romance, servant, veteran [military]