The Only Woman (1924)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Marriage Drama  |  
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Although Norma Talmadge was at the height of her stardom, she was not immune to poor material, nor was veteran screenwriter C. Gardner Sullivan immune from writing it. The overused theme for this drama involves a young woman who marries to save the family fortune, and not even Talmadge could bring freshness to this idea. "Fighting Jerry" Herrington (Edwards Davis) is a financial power on Wall Street, but his son, Rex, is a hopeless drunk (Eugene O'Brien was woefully miscast as an alcoholic). He believes that the only woman who can bring Rex to his senses is Helen Brinsley (Talmadge), the daughter of financier William Brinsley (Winter Hall). When the elder Mr. Herrington catches Mr. Brinsley in an illegal transaction, he threatens arrest and scandal unless Helen weds Rex. Helen reluctantly assents, if Herrington will agree to a divorce once she manages to sober him up. So the ceremony takes place (performed by Rev. Neal Dodd, who was the real life minister for Hollywood's Little Church Around the Corner). To keep him away from liquor, Helen takes her new husband on a cruise. A storm wrecks the ship and the only ones left alive are Helen, Rex, and Ole Hanson (Matthew Betz), one of the crew. Rex gets into a fight with the testy Hanson and proves his manliness. When they are rescued, the now sober Rex offers to get a divorce, but Helen has fallen in love with him.

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bishop, blackmail, church, hope, husband, love, millionaire, ruthlessness, son