Marriage (1927)

Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Believe it or not: The domestic drama Marriage was based on a story by H.G. Wells. Alan Durant plays scientist R.A.G. Trafford, whose idealism loses him one high-paying job after another. Durant's ambitious wife Marjori (Virginia Valli) talks Trafford into selling his latest revolutionary scientific formula, rather than donating it gratis to the world. He does so, whereupon husband and wife become millionaires overnight. Disgusted by Marjori's new hedonistic lifestyle, Trafford walks out on her and embarks upon a research expedition to darkest Africa. Marjori anxiously trails after her husband, at last rekindling their love when she saves his life. Posterity does not record what H.G. Wells had to say about this filmization of his novel, but one suspects he wasn't happy that his complex plotline was jammed into 56 minutes' running time.

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ambition, formula, hedonism, ideals, love, money, rescue, research, scientist