Strictly Unconventional (1930)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Strictly Unconventional offers two subplots united by irony. British wife Elizabeth (Catherine Dale Owen), weary of her much older M.P. husband Clive (Lewis Stone), dreams of running off with her handsome Canadian lover Ted (Paul Cavanaugh). Hoping to vicariously experience her fantasy, Elizabeth invites her mother-in-law Lady Kitty (Alison Skipworth), who years earlier had stirred up a scandal by leaving her husband in favor of the dashing Lord Proteus (Ernest Torrence), for a weekend party. Our heroine is sorely disillusioned when Lady Kitty turns out to be a superficial old windbag desperately trying to recapture her past while Lord Proteus is likewise -- old, fat, and fatuous. Astonishingly, Elizabeth fails to profit by this example and runs off with her lover all the same -- but only after she is convinced that Ted is not and never will be a Lord Proteus. Strictly Unconventional is a cleaned-up adaptation of Somerset Maugham's The Circle.

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extramarital-affair, love, marriage, romance