White Monkey (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |  
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Both businessman Michael Mont (Thomas Holding) and artist Wilfred Desert (Henry Victor) love Fleur Forsyte (Barbara LaMarr). Although Mont marries her, Desert continues to pursue her, and she does not discourage him. Tony Bicket, a shipping clerk for Mont (Charles Mack), steals some books to defray expenses for his sick wife, but he is caught. Mont is compelled to fire him, and when Bicket's wife, Victorine (Flora LeBreton), comes to him for advice, he sends her to Desert to pose for a nude painting. Bicket is furious because he believes his wife has been untrue, so Mont takes him to Desert for explanations. There they find Fleur, who assures them that she was there the whole time Victorine posed. Now it's Mont's turn to doubt his wife and he leaves her with Desert. Fleur, however, realizes that she loves her husband, not the artist. Her father (George Marion) goes to Mont to tell him that Fleur is pregnant. The child's paternity is in question until Desert writes a letter swearing that nothing happened between them. Once he's convinced of her innocence, Mont reconciles with Fleur. Vampy Barbara LaMarr died six months after the film's release from a combination of tuberculosis and fast living.

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artist, bad-woman, extramarital-affair, love, marriage, reputation, scandal