His Wife (1915)

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His Wife was adapted from My Poor Wife, a short story by Charlotte Braeme. Set in Ireland (actually New Jersey), the story concerns two wealthy brothers, John and Harry Dennys (H.E. Herbert and Theodore Von Eltz, both of whom are in love with the same girl, Edith Danvers (Lorraine Huling). When John heads to India to rejoin his regiment, younger brother Harry remains behind. Upon his return, John again proposes to Edith, only to be turned down without explanation. On the rebound, he marries Nora (Geraldine O'Brien), a pretty fisherwoman, and installs the girl in her family estate. Though content with her new husband, Nora cannot help but feel that John still carries a torch for Edith, especially since the other woman has been making furtive visits to John in the middle of the night. What Nora doesn't know is that Edith actually married Harry in secret, and has been petitioning John to bring his brother home so that he can fulfill his husbandly duties. Misunderstanding a nocturnal tete-a-tete between John and Edith, Nora angrily storms out of the house and tries to drown herself. Rescued by missionaries, Nora becomes a volunteer nurse and heads to New Zealand, where she tends to a leper colony. It is here that she is reunited with John, who was on the verge of giving her up for dead. Is there anything that doesn't happen in this top-heavy melodrama?