Neglected Women (1924)

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Much of this routine melodrama, which was based on the successful play The Great Well by Alfred Sutro, was shot on-location in London. While visiting India, Camilla Challenor (Seena Owen) falls in love with Major Darenth (Lawford Davidson). Darenth, however, has no money, and Camilla's mother (Eva Moore) convinces her to wed millionaire Peter Starling (Thurston Hall) instead. The newlyweds return to London, but when Starling finds out that his oil well has failed, he gets so wrapped up in business that Camilla is sorely neglected. Darenth has come back into her life, and uses their friendship to find out some information about the well so he can make a raid on the market. Starling manages to save the situation, but he accuses Camilla of sleeping with Darenth. Darenth tries to convince Starling otherwise, but when he is unsuccessful, he kills himself. Starling is accused of murdering Darenth and put on trial. To save her husband, Camilla claims that she really was unfaithful to invoke the unwritten law, in which a man is allowed to kill an adulterer. She saves his life, and Starling forgives her when he realizes the sacrifice she has made.

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betrayal, confession [criminal], execution, extramarital-affair, friendship, murder, opportunist, stockbroker, suicide