My Unmarried Wife (1918)

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My Unmarried Wife was the rather blatant title imposed upon this adaptation of Doris Schroeder's novel Molly and I. Breaking off relations with his wealthy father, the young hero tries to make it on his own as a novelist. While rescuing a child from a factory explosion, the hero is himself blinded and placed in the care of Molly, the straight-laced assistant to a celebrated eye specialist. Molly does her best to care for the young man, but she cannot raise the money necessary to send him to Europe for a delicate eye operation. In despair, the hero prepares to shoot himself, but Molly comes up with a solution: She will marry the sightless hero, get into his father's good grace, and secure the necessary funds. Then, if her new husband so chooses, he may divorce her upon his return from Europe. The operation is a success, and the young man comes home prepared to go through with the divorce. Instead, he is distracted by a headstrong Italian girl, who in his absence has taken over his financial matters. Almost immediately, the hero falls in love with this fascinating stranger -- little realizing that the girl is actually Molly, who hopes to win the boy's heart by pretending to be someone more exciting than herself.