The Impossible Mrs. Bellew (1922)

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As Gloria Swanson's star rose higher and higher, Paramount endlessly repeated the formula that brought her fame -- take a glamorous woman who wears lots of fancy gowns and place her in romantic and domestic situations of high drama. Swanson was not terribly happy being on this treadmill and this picture -- based on a novel by David Lisle -- was one of her worst. Mrs. Bellew (Swanson) is married to a philandering cad. One day he comes home to find his wife entertaining a friend of the family and even though the whole scene is innocent, he suspects the worst. As a result he murders the friend and winds up on trial. But Mrs. Bellew faithfully remains silent about the circumstances so that he will be acquitted, even though it destroys her own reputation. When she loses the custody of her little boy, she travels to Europe and cynically forgets her sorrows with frivolous living. A young author falls in love with her, but Mr. Bellew's aunt finally makes her nephew own up to his wrongdoing. He realizes that his wife has really saved his life, and he goes to her.

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arrest, aunt, boy, custody, extramarital-affair, family, home, husband, jealousy, jury, killing, lady, love-triangle, marriage, mistake, mistress, murder, neighbor, playboy, rage, reputation, silence, trial [courtroom], wife