Honor's Altar (1916)

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C. Gardner Sullivan's screenplay for the Ince production Honor's Altar borrowed liberally from several then-popular Broadway domestic dramas. Upon achieving great wealth in his middle years, Frederick Mallery decides that he has outgrown his faithful wife and begins playing around with a younger tootsie. Hoping to sidestep alimony payments, Mallery hires a gigolo named Walter Woods, offering him 50,000-dollars to arrange for Mrs. Mallery to be caught in a compromising situation. Unexpectedly, Woods falls in love with Mrs. Mallery, prompting him to return the 50,000-dollars and call off the agreement. But Mr. Mallery holds Woods to his contract, thereby setting the stage for an emotion-charged finale.