The Divorce Trap (1919)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This domestic melodrama, released by Fox, was a typical vehicle for Gladys Brockwell. After an argument with her sweetheart, telephone operator Eleanor Burton (Brockwell) turns her attention to Jim Drake (Francis McDonald), a millionaire's son. She marries Jim, and his father, Daniel (Herschel Mayall), disinherits him. Eleanor expects Jim to prove his true worth, and he does. Unfortunately, his value is pretty close to worthless and he decides he wants a divorce. To get it without having to pay alimony, he enlists the help of a couple to show that Eleanor has been unfaithful. They convince her that Jim is ill in a hotel room, but when she goes up there, she finds another man. Jim and a witness walk in on them and divorce proceedings on the grounds of adultery begin. Eleanor's old sweetheart is working for the divorce lawyer, and he quits his job to defend her. He finds evidence that she was framed, and the divorce is granted in her favor.

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bride, disinheritance, divorce, employment, family-disapproval, forbidden-love, girl, honor [recognition], lawyer, love, man, marriage, millionaire, operator, reputation, riches-to-rags, son, telephone, telephone-operator