The Poverty of Riches (1921)

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Leatrice Joy and Richard Dix play an ambitious couple in this domestic drama. John and Katherine Colby (Dix and Joy) decide to put off parenthood until he has become wealthy. Their friends, Tom and Grace Donaldson (John Bowers and Louise Lovely), decide to start a family right away. While John works his way up to a position of power at a steel firm, Katherine begins to question the wisdom of their decision. When she sees how happy the Donaldsons are with their brood, she begins to feel like she has been missing something. On a drive, the Colbys are involved in an accident and Katherine is seriously injured. When she is well enough to be told, the doctor informs her that she will never be able to bear children. Katherine is shattered by this news. An ironic note -- according to her daughter, Joy was not very maternal and had to be prodded into motherhood by her then-husband, John Gilbert.

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accident, car, child, desire, profession, selfishness, success, wealth, wife, wish