Former D. W. Griffith associate Donald Crisp handles the direction of the British Appearances. David Powell plays an architect of modest means who tries to keep up with the Joneses by affecting a lavish lifestyle. Alas, Powell loses what little money he has in the stock market, whereupon his loving wife Mary Glynne takes a job. Her employer, titled nobleman Langhorne Burton, has always loved her. Out of jealous pique, Powell attempts to embezzle enough money to allow his wife to quit her job. Burton knows all, but out of affection for Glynne he refuses to turn Powell over to the authorities. Brought to his senses by his experience, Powell moves to Canada with his wife, there to start life anew-living within his means this time.
by Hal Erickson synopsis