Substitute Wife (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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This heavy-handed drama from the Arrow film company is based on a particularly unrealistic premise -- that a man, suddenly gone blind, would mistake another woman for his wife. When Red Cross nurse Hilda Nevers (Jane Novak) returns from the Orient, she is left penniless because her father has died. She goes to work at a hospital where Dr. Kitchell (Gordon Standing) is impressed by her voice, which is almost identical to that of his lover, Evelyn Wentworth (Louise Carter). Evelyn is engaged to Lawrence Sinton (Niles Welch), but only for his money. On their wedding night, Sinton is blinded when a burglar hits him on the head. Hilda is substituted for Evelyn, who is then free to continue her affair with the doctor. A family friend finally exposes the situation, but by then, Hilda and Sinton have fallen in love. Sinton has an operation that restores his sight, and he and Hilda are united.

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blindness [physical], doctor/nurse, golddigger, love, selfishness, self-sacrifice, victim