His Parisian Wife (1919)

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Fauvette (Elsie Ferguson), a young French writer, and American lawyer Martin Wesley (David Powell) meet cute -- there's a rainstorm, and he offers her his umbrella. Romance blooms almost instantly, and by 11 o'clock that evening, Martin has proposed to her. So they marry and then romance dies almost as quickly when the groom takes his bride home to his staid New England parents (Frank Losee and Cora Williams). They don't care for their feisty daughter-in-law, and Martin takes to drink. Fauvette leaves and has divorce papers drawn up. She doesn't sign them, though. She does go on to become a famous writer and a mover in society circles. However, she runs herself into a lot of debt. Meanwhile, her estranged husband, seeing that she's a success and he's not, has stopped the drinking and gotten down to business. He begs her forgiveness, and when he finds out about her debt, he pays it off -- to her chagrin. She thinks he's trying to humiliate her, but he points out that as her husband, he's entitled to pay her bills. This statement reunites the couple. The beginning of His Parisian Wife, while trite, had a lot of light comic potential. The rest of it is best described by a review received by the film upon its release: "twaddle."

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divorce, estrangement, forbidden-love, lawyer, love, poverty, reunion, romance, writing