Wealth (1921)

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Cosmo Hamilton, a popular author of the era, wrote the novel on which this drama was based. During a train trip, Mary McLeod (Ethel Clayton) loses her purse and her ticket, and Phillip Dominick (Herbert Rawlinson) comes to her rescue by offering her his drawing room, while he sleeps in the smoking car. The pair fall in love and wed, but Mary is distressed to find out that Dominick is satisfied to live off his mother (Claire McDowell). Mrs. Dominick is a snobbish society matron who wants the couple to separate so her boy can marry a girl of his own class. When Mary has a child, she sees no alternative but to stay under her mother-in-law's roof. Mrs. Dominick firmly takes charge of the infant and Mary is not allowed near it. In spite of Mrs. Dominick's care (or perhaps indirectly because of it), the infant dies. Mary finally can stand it no more and returns to her studio. This wakes Phillip up to the fact that his mother's money is doing him no good, and he resolves to earn his own living. His decision helps him to reunite with Mary.

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artist, death-in-family, family-disapproval, independence, love, marriage, toddlers