The Unknown Lover (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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Elsie Ferguson stars in this routine society drama. Elaine Kent (Ferguson) weds Kenneth Billings (Frank Mayo), a young man who has a taste for wild living. She attempts to reform him and his exasperated father (Arthur Donaldson) disinherits him. Now that he is without money, Kenneth starts a dye business and he proceeds to throw himself into it with the same amount of effort he once spent on the high life. As a result, he overworks until he is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. His doctor orders him to rest, but he refuses to listen. Elaine, worried that her husband will kill himself, manipulates the situation so that a rival company wins a much-desired contract. This leaves Kenneth on the verge of ruin, and when he believes that Elaine is in love with a former suitor, he leaves. Eventually his health returns and he and Elaine are reunited.

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business, doctor/nurse, husband, love, love-triangle, mental-illness, self-sacrifice, wife