Weaker Vessel (1919)

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In the early part of the 20th century, alcoholism was seen as a weakness that could be overcome by willpower and resolve. Perhaps that's why Mary MacLaren's penchant for finding alcoholic mates in this drama is seen as no big deal. Matthew Hopkins (John Mackay) runs a local newspaper that's constantly in the red, and he wants his daughter, Abby (MacLaren), to marry as quickly as possible. Abby wants love and romance; instead, her family urges her to marry J.B. Hanks (Johnnie Cooke), a two-time widower. She finally agrees, but she leaves Hanks on their wedding night when she discovers he drinks. After escaping to New York and becoming a waitress, Abby meets an actor called J. Booth Hunter (Thurston Hall). In spite of the fact that he's a ham with no money -- and he drinks -- Abby is attracted to him. Hanks arrives in town and tries to force himself on Abby, only to be faced with the wrath of Hunter. Hunter stops his boozing, and Abby gets a divorce to marry him.