Woman's Woman (1922)

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The reviewer for Motion Picture News got a little too wrapped up in his own hyperbole when he gushed that Mary Alden as Densie Plummer "is a screen replica of thousands of other 'unpaid domestic drudges' who are continually being forced into the background of our social fabric. American womanhood will thank Miss Alden for throwing this bombshell on the shadow stage." In reality, this drama was just an extra-fancy take on the mother-as-martyr theme. Practically no one in Densie Plummer's family appreciates her -- not her philandering husband, John (Holmes E. Herbert), nor her independent daughters, Harriet (Louise Lee) and Sally (Dorothy Mackaill). Her only confidant is her son, Kenneth (Albert Hackett). When she can take it no more, Densie strikes out on her own and becomes a national figure. But without her kindly attention, the whole family falls apart. Kenneth is killed while trying to defend the questionable honor of one of his sisters, and his death helps bring the family back together again. Densie gives up her public life to return to the drudgery of being a housewife -- but being appreciated apparently makes her place in the home much sweeter.

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dysfunctional, love, mother, sacrifice-for-family, self-sacrifice