The Inner Chamber (1921)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Alice Joyce plays Claire Robson, who needs to work to support her invalid mother (Jane Jennings). She finds a job as secretary to Sawyer Flint (John Webb Dillon), but he tries to force himself on her. She is saved by an admirer, Edward Wellman (Holmes E. Herbert). Her next attempt at employment is as an accompanist to a singer. She leaves when she discovers that her salary is being paid by Wellman. She is also disillusioned by Wellman because she hears he is married. She becomes a singer at an Italian restaurant, where she meets Dr. George Danilo (Pedro de Cordoba). The doctor cures Mrs. Robson, and out of gratitude, Claire marries him. On their wedding day, Danilo finds out that there have been other men in her life, which sends his jealous Latin blood boiling. He goes on a rampage, shooting Claire's image in a mirror and destroying all the wedding presents. Finally he kills himself, but as he's dying he finds out that while yes, there were other men, Claire wasn't actually intimate with them. Claire finds out that Wellman really wasn't married after all -- it was just a rumor spread by a designing woman -- so she reunites with him.

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gratitude, love-conquers-all, marriage, marriage-of-convenience, romance, suicide