Second Wife (1930)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The first of two film versions of Fulton Oursler's domestic-conflict yarn, Second Wife stars Lila Lee as the bride of Conrad Nagel. Lee's ex-beau Hugh Hunley insists that Nagel's heart is still with his first wife, who now has custody of Nagel's son. When her husband leaves for Switzerland to visit his ailing son, Lee walks out in a huff--and into the arms of Hunley. But when her lover discovers that Lee is pregnant by Nagel, he spurns her. The chastened Lee returns to Nagel and willingly accepts his son as her own. Second Wife was remade--badly--in 1936, with Gertrude Michael and Walter Abel. Trivia note: Lila Lee, star of the 1930 Second Wife, was the mother of actor/playwright James Kirkwood, who fictionalized Lee's later bout with the bottle in the stage play There Must Be a Pony.

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ex-lover, husband-and-wife, marital-problems, pregnancy, son