Temporary Marriage (1923)

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Clinging to one's youth was considered a fault in the 1920s, as evidenced by this domestic drama. Even though lawyer Hugh Manners (Tully Marshall) is more than happy to allow himself to get old, his wife, who has just turned forty (Myrtle Steadman), certainly has no intention of acting her age (at least, according to the conventions of the day). She calls her husband a "slowpoke" and files for divorce. Then she takes up with Preston Ducayne (Stuart Holmes), a gambler who wants to get his hands on the Manners fortune. The couple's daughter Hazel (Mildred Davis) comes home to find her family in turmoil. She tries to save her mother from scandal, but when Ducayne is murdered, all bets are off. Hazel's fiancé, Robert Belmar (Kenneth Harlan), assumes the guilt, and Manners represents him. The confession of Olga Kazanoff, Ducayne's mistress (Maude George), gets everybody off the hook. After this ordeal, Mrs. Manners decides life in the slow lane isn't so bad after all and reunites with her husband. Incidentally, although Mildred Davis received good notices for her work in this film, she had recently become Mrs. Harold Lloyd, and retired from the screen.

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ball [dance], courtroom, criminal, divorce, husband, lawyer, marriage, mistress, wife