Marriage Morals (1923)

Run Time - 85 min.  |  
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For a while during the early 1920s, William Nigh was known for directing films concerning social problems. He wasn't one to make strong statements like King Vidor, however. Nigh was far more pedestrian, as this drama illustrates. Harry Ryan (Tom Moore) is a habitual drunkard who has inherited his father's fortune. He falls in love with and proposes constantly to Mary Gardner (Ann Forrest), who works in a beauty parlor. When he visits her at home, her parents see only his money and give him first-class treatment. Mary has a dream that she is married to Ryan and that his unending round of drunken parties makes her miserable. The only bright light in the whole situation is the birth of a son (Russell Griffin), who becomes a musical genius. Finally Mary can no longer take the marriage and opts out. When she wakes up she goes to the shop, where Ryan is waiting. He proposes to her once again, and because she believes she is able to save him from himself, she accepts.

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beautician, forbidden-love, love, marriage, millionaire, romance