The Dangerous Age (1922)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Future Judge Hardy Lewis Stone plays a restless middle-aged man in this drama. After 20 years of marriage, Mary Emerson (Cleo Madison) treats her husband, John (Stone), more like a son than a spouse, so it's no wonder that a fresh young thing by the name of Gloria Sanderson (Ruth Clifford) catches his eye. Rejuvenated by Gloria's attention, Emerson takes her on dates to the races and attends the most fashionable cabarets. Somehow he manages to evade her inquiries into his marital status. Emerson decides that he is in love with Gloria, so he writes Mary a letter saying that he will not be returning to her. He only realizes his foolishness when he discovers Gloria in the arms of another man -- her fiancé. In a panic he tries to retrieve the letter he wrote, but discovers it is already on its way. In a mad dash, he drives his car in front of the train, which stops after smashing the car to bits. Emerson uses this opportunity to get on the train. He arrives home ahead of the letter, in time for the wedding of his daughter, Ruth (Edith Roberts). Mary, however, manages to get her hands on the letter, but instead of being upset over it, she realizes that her behavior is, in good part, to blame. A reconciliation between husband and wife follows.

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