When Husbands Deceive (1922)

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Although the situations and backgrounds are thoroughly modern (by 1922 standards), this melodrama has the very same spirit as those Drury Lane tales of yore. Star Leigh Baird wrote the scenario herself. Clearly not afraid of being upstaged by an animal, she uses two here -- a pet monkey and a dog, played by Teddy, from Mack Sennett's studios. Viola Baxter (Baird) has inherited a fortune from her father, but her guardian, Marshall Walsh (William Conklin), is determined to get his hands on her money. He has Viola's sweetheart, Richard Fletcher (Jack Mower), arrested for bond theft, and then quickly marries her in his absence. She's unhappily wed, and she begins to uncover the truth when she sees some of the stolen bonds amongst the papers that her pet monkey has thrown around Walsh's library. Through Walsh's mistress, Madge Eller (Eulalie Jensen), Fletcher discovers the truth. He and Viola confront Walsh, who struggles for the gun they have pointed at him. But Viola's dog comes to the rescue. He subjects Walsh to a vicious death, leaving Viola and Fletcher to be together.

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confession [criminal], extramarital-affair, fortune [wealth], greed, guardian, inheritance, marriage, robbery, witness