If Marriage Fails (1925)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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F.B.O. was primarily known for its Westerns and low-budget programmers, but the film company did make an attempt at creating some prestige pictures -- this society drama, with a story by C. Gardner Sullivan, was one of them. Eleanor (Belle Bennett) has married Joe Woodbury (Clive Brook) only for his wealth. Now she's bored and carrying on with Gene Deering (Donald McDonald), a "parlor polecat" (that's what Motion Picture News called him). One day, the Woodburys visit Nadia, a popular fortune teller (Jacqueline Logan), and she becomes attracted to Woodbury. The hypocritical Eleanor refuses to tolerate her husband's friendship with Nadia, so she has a private meeting with the fortune teller and confesses that she is pregnant. Apparently, Nadia's psychic powers were failing her that day, because she believes this false claim and agrees to give up Woodbury. Not much later, Nadia and her friend, Dr. Mallini (Jean Hersholt), discover Eleanor and Deering escaping from a roadhouse raid. They take Eleanor, who is injured, to Nadia's, and the doctor discovers that Eleanor is not pregnant at all. Woodbury divorces his wayward wife and marries Nadia.

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fortuneteller, jealousy