What Fools Men (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This drama was based on the novel Joseph Greer and His Daughter by Henry Kitchell Webster. Inventor Joseph Greer (Lewis Stone) has been separated from his wife for many years, and suddenly discovers he must look after Beatrice (Shirley Mason), his grown daughter who he didn't even know existed. Greer has created a new way to make linen and he is being backed by a group of financiers. Although he does not agree with their marketing schemes, he hopes that his connection to them will help Beatrice socially. Instead, it creates disaster. Vi Williamson (Ethel Grey Terry), the wife of one of the money men (David Torrence), makes a pass at Greer, and when he turns her down, she becomes vengeful. She turns her husband against Greer, and he ruins the inventor. Beatrice, meanwhile, marries Burns (Hugh Allen), the chauffeur. Greer takes to drinking, but with the help of Beatrice and her husband, he pulls himself together. His secretary, Jennie McArthur (Barbara Bedford), also returns, and Greer fights his way back to the top.

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love, alcoholism, daughter, extramarital-affair, generation-gap, inventor, poverty, revenge, self-sacrifice, separation, train [locomotive]