The Second Mrs. Tanqueray (1916)

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It took nerve to squeeze Arthur Wing Pinero's 3-act play The Second Mrs. Tanqueray into two reels of film (approximately 30 minutes), but according to contemporary reports, the producers of this British adaptation of the Pinero original pulled it off. The leading roles were played by Arthur Maude and Constance Crawley, able stage veterans both. Despite the warnings of his friends, Aubrey Tanqueray (Maude) marries Paula (Crawley), a woman with an unsavory history. Before long, the second Mrs. Tanqueray has managed to alienate everyone who was previously near and dear to her husband. The limit comes when Tanqueray's daughter falls in love with one of Mrs. T's former lovers. The Second Mrs. Tanqueray was remade several times; the best-known version, released in 1952, starred Pamela Brown in the title role.