Voice from the Minaret (1923)

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This picture, based on the novel and play by Robert Hichens, was typical melodramatic fare for star Norma Talmadge. Lord Carlyle (Edwin Stevens) governs a province in India. Although he weds the beautiful Adrienne (Talmadge), he can't make her love him. And no wonder -- he's not only cruel, he's unfaithful. Adrienne leaves him and boards a ship with the intention of returning to England. But on the boat she meets Andrew Fabian (Eugene O'Brien, returning as Talmadge's leading man after a long absence), who is studying for the clergy. They fall in love, and he convinces her to accompany him on a pilgrimage to Damascus. But duty calls and Adrienne returns to India where Lord Carlyle has fallen ill. They return to London together, and Fabian ends up there, too, as a minister. He and Adrienne meet once again, and Lord Carlyle's suspicions grow. In the midst of confronting the lovers, his old illness strikes once again and kills him. The widowed Adrienne is now free to spend her life with Fabian.

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extramarital-affair, husband, scholar