A Wise Fool (1921)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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This confusing melodrama finds Jean Jacques Barbille (James Kirkwood) as the wealthy young man from a small town in Quebec. Returning from a tour of Europe, he meets Carmen Delores (Alice Hollister), the daughter of a Spanish adventurer. The two are married, much to the dismay of the other women who coveted the towns most eligible bachelor. The two have a baby girl, but Carmen is driven into the arms of George Masson (Alan Hale) when Jean fails to give her the required attention. Jean discovers the illicit affair but spares George's life after he realizes he has only himself to blame for the break-up. Carmen and the daughter leave for Montreal, and she places the child in a convent when she gets a job as a chorus girl. Jean is left penniless when his mill burns down and his unscrupulous father-in-law steals his money. When Jean refuses to allow his other daughter to marry, she elopes with her lover. Jean is left to wander as a homeless vagabond, but he meets his daughter in Montreal by a simple twist of fate. After father and daughter are reunited, his other daughter returns with her prosperous husband and vows to care for their indigent father.

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boating, chorus-girl, convent, extramarital-affair, family-reunion, love, marriage, reunion, shipboard