His Wife's Husband (1922)

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This drama, based on the novel, The Mayor's Wife, by Anna Katherine Greene, was only a fair vehicle for Betty Blythe. Shortly after Olympia Brewster, a servant girl (Blythe), marries John Brainerd (Arthur Carewe), she leaves him, and later when she reads his obituary in the paper, she has every reason to believe he is dead. She receives an inheritance from her uncle and marries the town's mayor, Henry Packard (Huntley Gordon), who has lofty political ambitions. To Olympia's utter horror, she discovers that her first husband is not only alive -- he's Packard's secretary. Brainerd has been offered a huge sum by a political boss (George Fawcett) if he can keep Packard from being nominated for governor. He threatens Olympia with exposure, and she reveals her whole story to Packard. He is about to refuse the nomination to protect her when a servant reveals that Brainerd was married before he wed Olympia. This marks him as the bigamist, and Olympia's reputation remains squeaky clean enough for a governor's wife.

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death, husband, injustice, jealousy, love, love-triangle, remarriage, revenge, secretary