Satin Woman (1927)

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Dorothy Reid -- who before her marriage to ill-fated screen idol Wallace Reid was better known as Dorothy Davenport -- was both producer and star of Satin Woman. After the death of her husband from drug abuse in 1923, Davenport dedicated herself to helping others avoid the pitfalls of modern life by turning out a series of cautionary film fables. In Satin Woman, she endeavored to warn society women not to neglect their families for the sake of fads, foibles, and handsome younger men. Mrs. Jean Taylor (played by Davenport) learns this lesson too late when her husband George (Rockliffe Fellows) and daughter Jean Jr. (Alice White) walk out on her. When her daughter's head is turned by oily lounge lizard Maurice (John Miljan), the sadder-but-wiser Mrs. Taylor vows to prevent Jean Jr. from making the same mistakes that "mommy" did.

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daughter, dysfunctional, family, neglect, socialite