The Lonely Road (1923)

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Betty Austin (Katherine MacDonald) has dreams of going to the city and pursuing a career, but she gives it all up to marry Warren Wade (Orville Caldwell). The marriage, however, is not a happy one -- Wade wants Betty to run the house exactly as his mother ran hers and demands that she be at his side constantly, but he never really has time for her needs. It's no wonder Betty leaves him and goes to the city where her friend Leila Mead (Kathleen Kirkham) is enjoying the life of a single career woman. She meets Dr. Devereaux, an esteemed physician (William Conklin). Wade finds Betty in the company of Devereaux and takes her home, but nothing changes until their son (Stanley Goethals) is seriously injured and in danger of becoming a cripple. Betty takes the boy to Dr. Devereaux, and Wade believes that she has walked out on him again. Orville Caldwell's claim to fame was that then-popular author and trendsetter Elinor Glyn called him the "most physically perfect man on the American stage." Unfortunately, Caldwell's physique wasn't enough to earn him screen stardom, and his motion picture work was sporadic.

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boredom, chauvinist, doctor/nurse, extramarital-affair, happiness, injury, love, separation