Shackles of Gold (1922)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This society melodrama, based on the play, Samson, by Henri Bernstein, had little to offer except its star, William Farnum, as John Gibbs. Gibbs is a laborer at the docks who, through his hard work and good judgment, becomes a millionaire on Wall Street. He becomes acquainted with the Van Dusens, who have lost their fortune. Mrs. Van Dusen (Marie Shotwell) pushes her daughter Marie (Myrta Bonillas) into a loveless marriage with Gibbs so that the family can retain its social standing. Gibbs realizes, however, that his money cannot buy his wife's affection. Bored with her life, Marie accepts an invitation from Donald Valentine (Elliott Griffin) to attend a private party. The revelry gets out of hand and Marie is injured when she tries to leave. Because of the way Valentine has treated Marie, Gibbs is determined to ruin him. Finally he does, but he loses his fortune in the process. Marie finally has a change of heart and realizes she loves her husband after all. She offers to go back to the docks with him, just so long as they're together.

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betrayal, enemy, finances, husband, insult, loot, love, love-triangle, marriage, ruination, socialite, stock-market, stocks, upward-mobility, worker