The Breaking Point (1921)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This above-average British melodrama was based on "The Living Dead", a story by Mary Lerner. Bessie Barriscale stars as a woman who is compelled to marry a man she knows is wrong for her. Five hellish years later, her no-good spouse throws her over in favor of his mistress. When he threatens to take away her child, Barriscale is driven to the titular breaking point. She kills the lout, confessing the crime to her understanding mother-in-law. The film's upbeat ending would not have been possible in the Production Code-dominated 1930s.

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killing, child, custody-battle, dare, death, doctor/nurse, family, gigolo, girl, husband, lawyer, love-triangle, mistress, mother, mother-in-law, murder, understanding