Why Men Leave Home (1924)

Sub-Genres - Marriage Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This comedy-drama was based on the successful play by Avery Hopwood, who was known for his tales of domestic turmoil. It features Lewis Stone and Helene Chadwick as a newlywed couple, John and Irene Emerson. At the beginning John is totally devoted to his wife, but by the time their first-year anniversary comes around, he has become so neglectful that he forgets to give her a present until she gives him one first. Left on her own, Irene spends a lot of time with her girlfriends. John becomes lonely and brings his stenographer, Jean Ralston (Alma Bennett), to the theater. When his wife finds out about it, the couple divorce. Jean uses her wiles to wed John. John's grandmother (Mary Carr) hears about the marital discord, and not realizing that the couple has already divorced, fakes an injury so they both come rushing over to her home. Then, with the cooperation of a doctor (Howard Truesdell), Grandma has the place quarantined so that neither John nor Irene can leave. The couple realize that they still love each other. When Jean shows up and tries to take John away, he gets rid of her by agreeing to a large alimony settlement. He and Irene marry again and head off on a second honeymoon.

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argument, divorce, newlywed, pregnancy, seduction