Man Who Married His Own Wife (1922)

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Although plastic surgery was still in its early stages when this drama was made, Frank Mayo's ultra-phony nose and beard makes it seem like film make-up was still in its infancy instead. He plays John Morton, a shipmaster who is horribly disfigured when his boat collides with another. The two ships are wrecked, and he saves beautiful Elsie Haynes (Sylvia Breamer). They marry, and eventually he works his way up to become a wealthy ship merchant. But Morton finds that Elsie is losing interest in him, and he's convinced that it's because of his misshapen face. He exchanges identities with a man who has committed suicide and goes off to have plastic surgery. After the operation, he returns, still with the assumed name and convinced that he will be able to win back his supposed widow. But he discovers that she is being wooed by a scheming womanizer, Freddie Needham (a miscast Francis MacDonald). Nevertheless, Morton manages to win Elsie away from the masher, and when his true identity is found out, he and Needham come to blows on a yachting cruise. Needham is vanquished, both in the battle and in love.

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disfigurement, inheritance, love, plastic-surgery, rescue, reunion, romance, shipwreck, suicide