Should a Wife Forgive? (1915)

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Taking a brief break from her damsel-in-distress duties in the Pathe serial Neal of the Navy, former Ziegfeld Follies beauty Louise Lorraine starred in World Pictures' Should a Wife Forgive? Lorraine was not cast as the wife (that honor was bestowed upon Mabel Van Buren), but as the sultry temptress who steals the wife's husband (played by future director Henry King). In his blind pursuit of the vamp, the husband spends every penny of his family fortune, nearly reducing his wife to begging in the streets. Later on, Lorraine is killed by a jealous suitor, and the evidence points to the husband. But our hero receives a last-act reprieve when a letter shows up out of nowhere, indicating that Lorraine had long intended to commit suicide. In the last reel, the film pulls a "Lady or the Tiger", asking the audience via subtitle if the wife should, indeed, forgive her husband.

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extramarital-affair, killing, love-letter, marriage, millionaire, murder, seduction, suicide