Lilies of the Field (1924)

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Corinne Griffith stars in this emotional drama based on the stage play by William Hurlburt. Although Walter Harker (Crauford Kent claims to be working overtime he is actually seeing Doris, a young flapper (Alma Bennett). Harker's neglected wife, Mildred (Griffith), attends a ball with Ted Conroy (Charles Gerrard), a friend of her husband's. He has too much to drink, and begins pawing at her when they return to her home. Harker catches them together, and uses the scene to get a divorce and retain custody of their baby. Mildred goes to work as a model and finds an admirer in Louis Willing (Conway Tearle), who she met at the ball. A cynical friend insists that all women are alike, so Willing tests Mildred by offering her an apartment if she will become his mistress. She turns him down flat, but when she hears (falsely) that the baby has died, she decides to accept his offer. Willing, who realizes that Mildred is not really the kind of girl she is trying to become, forces Harker to give up custody of the baby. He then convinces Mildred to marry him. Griffith also starred in the talkie version of this picture in 1930.

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birthday, loneliness, mother