The Perfect Lover (1919)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |  
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Brian Lazar (Eugene O'Brien) is a struggling artist with looks as well as talent. It's the former that really attracts the wealthy-but-love-starved Mrs. Byfield (Lucille Lee Stewart). When she finds out how poor he is, she finds him a big studio and sits for a portrait. Soon Lazar is all the rage amongst rich women who are neglected by their husbands. Finally he gets fed up with this situation and goes back to the country, where he marries the girl who was waiting for him. They return to New York, but his talent has disappeared and they become desperate financially. His wife is taken ill, and one of his former woman friends, Mrs. Whitney (Mary Boland) gives him her ring to pawn. But it's all part of a vindictive scheme -- she then brings a detective around and has him arrested as a thief. However, when Lazar shows Mrs. Whitney his sick wife and newborn baby, she relents and refuses to press charges. This film was adapted from the novel, The Naked Truth, by Leila Burton Wells.

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against-all-odds, artist, desperation, poverty, revenge